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What Type of Music is best as a Sleep Aid

Updated on February 29, 2020
 

Have you ever had a restless night, one of those where you toss and turn and can't seem to get comfortable? Have you laid in bed, staring at your ceiling in the dark, just waiting to see if the warmth and stillness would help you to fall asleep in the first place?

Thousands of people experience difficulty getting the rest their bodies and minds desperately need. Some people turn to medicines, others to hypnosis, and some choose not to worry over sleep at all, furthering their own insomnia willingly.

Yet there are people out there, sleeping fitfully and without issue, thanks to the calming and soothing effects of music.

What kinds of music will help me sleep?

The whole point of a sleep aid is to help your mind and body relax. Many individuals suffering from insomnia find the reason they cannot fall asleep is that their mind is too active, or their body just cannot shift into a lull. Music is a wonderful way to help focus your attention and assist your body in relaxing, and the best part is: most of it is a subconscious reaction!

See, the problem with any sleep aid is that people try to turn to them as an active method for forcing the body to enter a rest cycle. What are you thinking?! The whole idea of stressing and worrying over how you're going to get a proper amount of sleep is pretty counter-productive, don't you think?

So, the question sits, what kind of music will help you fall asleep?

A good primary rule of thumb is, if there is singing involved, don't use it! When we are spoken to, our minds remain active to absorb the information we are being presented, and it is natural to listen and formulate a response. Steer clear of anything involving vocals, unless you're listening to Ben Stein read "War and Peace."

Seriously, the primary goal in using music as a sleep aid is to find music which is soft, melodic, even airy. Classical music, depending on the selection, is a good place to turn for this. Thanks to studies and research from various doctors, another option is out there: brain-wave music!

Brain-wave music is intended to synchronize with your.. well, brain waves! This type of music is specifically designed to bring about a seriously deep sleep, within which you will experience a higher recovery than normal sleep gives.

All in all, you want to stick with a style of music that does any of three things:

  1. Matches the rhythm of a calmly beating heart.
  2. Appeals to and soothes you while you focus your breathing and let yourself drift in a semi-meditative state.
  3. Creates within you a sense of peace or security.

With these things in mind, if you experience long term sleep deprivation or symptoms beyond a few hours of lost sleep a week, please see a physician!

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      jayda abel 

      7 years ago

      i beleive that this is true in fact i have just finished a study that proves this true.

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      Anon 

      9 years ago

      I listen to electro and it helps me sleep. One of my favorite is Archie V.

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      Irenebonjour 

      10 years ago from MA, USA

      great hub! check out mine for relaxing and soothing music! :D

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      Caitlin 

      10 years ago

      I must agree with this post. Whenever i have a restless night and mind won't let met sleep, i turn to my radio and play my Celtic Woman Cd. Sometimes when i listen i try to imagine a story in my head to start a dream and thats how i start to sleep i begin thinking of a little story that emediatly slips me into slumber. Though the story i dream is totally diffrent than what i was thinking before.

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      Stacie Naczelnik 

      13 years ago from Seattle

      spacebull - I was being funny. It totally makes her go to sleep, so she must not find it very stimulating.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      13 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Right! - some of the timers go up to 60 or 90 minutes - that's too long for me, but 15 minutes would be too short. :)

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      Kiz Robinson 

      13 years ago from New Orleans, Louisiana

      Stacie - I have an iPod shuffle. :( No timer on that thing, that I have found. Each person is a little different, though. In our house, music and lack of light in equal parts generally means everyone knocks right out.

      Patty - Thank you for the compliment! Having a timer set so that your 'white noise' is limited to a specific amount of time is a great way to ensure that you fall asleep soundly. When using a timer, you'll want to make sure you give yourself some leeway while you figure out just the right amount of time to set it for.

      spacebull - If I had insomnia instead of sleep apnea, I would totally listen to anything that would put me to sleep, and love it too!

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      spacebull 

      13 years ago from Space

      @Stacie

      Are you sure she enjoys opera... if it makes her fall asleep straight away? :))

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish MS 

      13 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      I like the clock readios that have a timer that allows music to play for half an hour before sleep. That works pretty well. Some TVs have such a timer, too. Good Hub!

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      Stacie Naczelnik 

      13 years ago from Seattle

      I know someone who bought an iPod just so she could listen to music as she falls asleep. She can set it up to off on its own at some point after she is asleep. She enjoys listening to opera. Puts her right to sleep!

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