I understand this question has been sort of posed in respect to sleeping habits, but i wish to rephrase it in relation to all-around daily activity AND sleep.
The theory that i have heard is this in a nutshell (a la Dan Benjamin at 5by5): Throughout the majority of mankind's existence we have actually evolved to be very aware of noises around us and contrary to popular belief, nature is actually very noisy. We have evolved to treat silence as an unnatural state because in environments such as a rainforest when a predator is spotted stalking, everything in the environment immediately shuts up.
He states some examples of anthropologists or people in tv shows going to spend time with modern day tribal communities in the rainforest and being completely unable to sleep because it is so loud, while the tribe members are sound asleep.
My Question is this: Do you buy this? While this theory may be correct, does it then make sense to say that listening to music frequently is a "natural" thing to do? I wonder because i find myself listening to music or some sort of white noise throughout my day at work and reading and etc. I have reached a point where i have become uncomfortable in the presence of silence and find that to be an unhealthy trait to have, or maybe that is conventional wisdom nonsense.
What are your experiences with this? Do you prefer silence or noise in your daily routine and sleep?
Also, and by "silence" i suppose i mean no added noise, as i understand that it is very rare that things are ever truly silent.