Benefits of Listening to Music While Sleeping
Music can make us happy, sad or maybe even angry…depending on the melody and the lyrics. A good song can stay in our minds and be forever linked to an event or a moment of our lives, serving as a time capsule of our youth and our memories.
Yet, music’s power extends beyond serving as a soundtrack to our lives. If music can make us happy or sad, it may help soothe us to sleep. Have you wondered if there are there benefits to listening to music while sleeping when turning on the radio or searching for your playlist before dropping your head on the pillow ?
According to Sleep Advisor, playing music as the soundtrack to our nighttime routine might be beneficial in several ways. The site notes that music could help us clock more sleep time, lull us to dreamtime and help our body to wind down.
Have you ever noticed that you feel happier when you’re listening to a favorite song? That happy high isn’t in your head. Or, rather, you aren’t imagining it! Sleep Advisor also states that music causes our body to kick out a chemical called serotonin—and that’s what boosts your mood!
But how can you use music to help you fall asleep? And is one music genre better than the rest for sleep?
Prepare to rock yourself to sleep and embrace a symphonic slumber with these tips on creating your own sleep soundtrack.
Choose Your Playlist
Some genres of music such as classical, jazz or folk might be better at lulling us to sleep than others. These genres include slow tunes that have a rhythm between 60 and 80 beats per minute which is ideal for relaxing and getting ready for a good night sleep. Not a fan of this type of music? You may just choose songs you love but keeping this information in mind!
Why is 60 to 80 beats per minute ideal? This beat matches human heart rate when at rest and thus it gets your heart to mimic the beat pattern of this music helping you reach the sleep zone and fall asleep easier.
Wondering what songs would make a good sleep playlist? You can search songs by BPM over at Jog.fm. The site lists a whole catalog of songs at 60 BPM, including:
- “My Love” by Sia
- “No Good Deed” by Idina Menzel (from the Wicked soundtrack)
- “Beyond the Sea” by Bobby Darin
- “Tryin’ to Get Over You” by Vince Gill
- “River” by Joni Mitchell
Create a Bedtime Routine
Yes, music can help you fall asleep, but you should set a bedtime routine to help your body prepare for sleep. A routine is recommended for kids, but adults can benefit greatly from establishing a routine too!
Your routine should include the same activities that begin at the same time each night. Maybe this includes a warm bath or shower, a beauty routine, a cup of herbal tea, or meditation.
On the other side, some bad habits can make sleeping more difficult. If you want to fall asleep faster with that amazing soundtrack, do yourself a favor and skip these sleep disruptors a few hours before bed:
- Screen time
- Too much water
While caffeine amps you up, many may view alcohol (a depressant) as something that helps induce sleep. Studies reveal, though, that alcohol can impair our night-time rest as it affects our body’s natural rhythms, blocking REM sleep aside from other issues, too.
And whether you drink a caffeinated beverage, a glass of wine or a glass of water right before bed, you’re likely going to face more trips to the bathroom! Those mid-sleep trips could really mess with our body’s overall sleep quality, especially if falling back asleep becomes an issue.
Screen time also has been known to hijack our sleep patterns. Blue light messes up the body’s circadian rhythm, and this could leave you feeling wide awake when you should be drifting off to dreamland. Put away the phone or tablet and turn off the television (or feng shui your bedroom and just remove it!).
Music and Your Bed Companion
While you may love listening to music to help you fall asleep, those beats may not go over too well with your partner. When one person prefers noise or music to sleep and the other prefers quiet, this could cause some bedtime conflicts.
Using earbuds is an option to keep the noise limited to your own ears. However, there are risks to sleeping in earbuds, and one of them is possible strangulation!
Instead of sleeping with earbuds or using headphones, take them off as you feel your body starting to relax and get sleepy. This way, you can train your body to only use the music as a relaxation source instead of needing it to fall asleep.
Are there benefits to listening to music to fall asleep? Yes! Music can help us clock more hours of sleep and help us fall asleep faster. Now cue up your lullaby playlist and create your own dreamy soundtrack!
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