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Need Noise to Drift Off?

If you're like many people, the silence at night is deafening. It shouts with all its silent-ness, keeping you awake. Some have turned to the TV to help them drift off, but what about those who need it to be as dark as possible to fall asleep? What about those who are driven crazy by the sound of white noise? (Have you seen The Ring?)

There is a solution! iBooks in iOS has a built-in sleep timer that can automatically pause playback after a specified amount of time, which is great for listening to an audiobook as you go to sleep (tap the Moon button below the volume slider). What if you prefer listening to content that’s not in iBooks, like music or a college lecture? To set a sleep timer that works for Music, iTunes U, or any other app that plays audio, open the Clock app and tap the Timer button. Next, tap When Timer Ends (iPhone) or the selected sound (iPad), scroll to the end of the list of sounds, and select Stop Playing. When you’re ready to listen as you drift off to sleep, start the timer just before or right after you press Play in your audio app.

 
 

Make Siri More or Less Chatty

By default, Siri likes to chat, confirming what you say and giving you the results of your commands out loud when appropriate. If you don’t like that, go to Settings > General > Siri > Voice Feedback and select either Control with Ring Switch (the iPhone’s physical switch) or Control with Mute Setting (iPad) to make Siri be quiet when the device is muted. Alternatively, choose Hands-Free Only to silence Siri except when connected to Bluetooth, headphones, or CarPlay. Or just set Siri to whisper—hold the Home button to invoke Siri and then reduce the volume, which applies only to Siri’s voice.