Each night more people turn to music as a means to help them sleep peacefully throughout the night. In an earlier blog post, we revealed the top 10 things keeping you awake at night. One of the main things robbing people of sleep in the world is stress. While millions have turned to sleeping pills as an aid to help them sleep better, others have tried a different approach: listening to music before or while they are sleeping
The Link Between Sounds and Sleep
While music can actually be counted as a barrier for some trying to enter dreamland, it can serve a different purpose for others. According to the National Sleep Foundation, sounds affect people depending on factors such as the stage of sleep they are in, the time of night, and how a specific person views sounds.Even though your asleep, your brain is still extremely active and can still process sounds to a certain degree. Whether or not you wake up due to hearing a fire alarm or your alarm clock depends on your interpretation of the sound.
Besides music, some people prefer to create their own white noise through the usage of fans, air purifiers or anything else that consistently makes the same soothing sounds over again. While some people can sleep throughout the night with the television on, the majority of people can’t because the noise isn’t constant and the volume and tones change.
Music is a great gateway to sleep because it “distracts your mind and induces a physical state of calmness.” According to a study, soft music around bedtime could possibly improve and enhance older adults’s quality of sleep. Music isn’t just confined to helping elders who are combating insomnia though. As a whole, music works on two levels in terms of sleep: both your conscious and subconscious mind.
Conscious Level: At this level, sounds are actually considered a source of distraction and keep you from falling asleep.
Sounds that interfere with sleep:
- Car Alarms
- Ambulance Sirens
- Alarm Clocks
- Snoring Partner
Subconscious Level: At this level, sounds begin to create brain waves helping you to enter the sleep phase.
Sounds that help you fall asleep:
- Soothing music
- White noise
- Environmental noises
- Nature sounds
Best Sounds for a Better Night’s Sleep
The type of music that helps people fall asleep varies from person to person. While some people prefer to have lyrics in their songs, other would rather listen to soothing classical or instrumental music. Some music to tryout for better sleep tonight include piano, slow jazz, classical, and/or electronic music with or without lyrics. It’s best to experiment and figure out what type of music helps you drift off to sleep. The key is to find music that is slow, peaceful and can help relax rather than keep you up.
Music to Help You Sleep Better
Whether or not this Spotify Playlist helps you sleep or not really depends on your preference and interpretation of the sounds. Check out some of them and let us know in the comments which songs are your favorite…or add songs that you currently like to snooze to!