What is the sound of a thunderstorm? The sudden increase in temperature and hence pressure caused by the lightning produces rapid expansion of the air in the path of a lightning bolt. In turn, this expansion of air creates a sonic shock wave, often referred to as a “thunderclap” or “peal of thunder”.
How long does a thunderstorm usually last? Thunderstorms affect relatively small areas when compared with hurricanes and winter storms. The typical thunderstorm is 15 miles in diameter and lasts an average of 30 minutes. Nearly 1,800 thunderstorms are occurring at any moment around the world.
Why do thunderstorms help us sleep? A thunderstorm is a sensory experience, and sound plays a huge part. The sound is very rhythmic, helping you feel more sleepy. Research has found that rain sounds produce alpha waves in the brain, similar to the brain’s sleeping state.
How do you fall asleep during a thunderstorm? To get to sleep you will need to drown out the crashing thunder. One method is to use earplugs. You can buy these at any pharmacy in a variety of kinds, including foam, cotton, or wax. If you don’t find ear plugs comfortable enough to fall asleep, try listening to soothing music or even a white noise machine.