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Relaxing Sounds For Sleeping Or Meditation

Updated on October 9, 2012
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Types of relaxing sounds and soothing music

This article will help you find some of the best relaxing sounds and soothing music. Whether you are looking for music to help you overcome insomnia, to meditate to or just have a moment of tranquility, you have come to the right place if you want to know where to find good quality calming sounds.

In this series of articles, I have been presenting some of the best examples of relaxing, calming, beautiful and soothing music.

This article is about minimal relaxing sounds, ranging from simple birdsong or ocean waves to more complex meditation music - ideal for falling asleep to, meditating or just when you need something simple and soothing to relax to.

If you want more complex music to relax to, then have a look at my other 3 articles which list fantastic examples of great music:

1. Classical Music

2. Chill-out and Ambient music

3. World music


From white noise to ocean sounds

There are several different possible avenues to explore with relaxing sounds. This article will show you where to find the following:

  • Animal and nature sounds
  • Websites and Apps to create your own relaxing sounds
  • Specially created meditation music
  • White noise generators

Animal and nature sounds

The place to go for free relaxing nature sounds is YouTube - especially if you like having videos to accompany them. There are many videos of rainforest sounds, but actually one of my favorites is a video and audio of a stream and woodland in Pennsylvania.

The Cricket Symphony

Another great sound to relax to is crickets at nighttime. Here is a video that demonstrates how peaceful they are to listen to perfectly:

Rain Sounds

A lot of nature videos have new-age music accompanying them, but this next one is a gem of rain sounds with thunder as well:

Ocean sounds

One of the most relaxing sounds you could ever hear has to be the sounds of ocean waves. This next video and audio sounds amazing and will transport you to the seaside in no time. Look out for the man that walks by and says 'good morning' after 16 minutes though!

If you don't want to rely on YouTube...

If you want your own copies of nature sounds to buy on CD or download as an MP3, then you can easily find them on online stores like Amazon. These 2 are full of the relaxing sounds of nature and are well regarded by previous buyers.


Create your own nature sounds

There are a number of websites where you can choose which sounds you want and adjust the settings to make your own relaxing sounds creation. One of the best is Ambient-mixer which allows you to pick a particular sound scape, like the ocean or a thunderstorm, and tweak the various sounds and volumes - you can even decide how frequently you hear thunder! It's really addictive once you start playing with it. You could put together the perfect compilation of relaxing sounds for your ear, and just leave it playing while you relax.

A company called Wimbledon sound have also created a great app for the iphone which allows you to pick sounds to meditate or sleep to. The app is called chillax. You could also search the Android marketplace for similar apps if you are not an iphone user.

Meditation music

It's almost impossible to know where to start when it comes to recommending meditation music. There are so many different kinds, and everyone likes something slightly different. Meditation music can range from simple nature sounds like you heard in the previous videos, overlaid with basic synthesized music to much more complex new-age, ambient or traditional music. I will give a good example these below:

Nature sounds with music

There are lots of examples on YouTube where the artist has put together nature sounds with some basic synthesized music. The following is quite a good one:

Music designed for meditation

Then there are pieces which have been written with the synthesized sounds given more prominence, most of which tend to be quite slow, repetitive (even as one song fades into the next) and calming. The following is a very long, but good example:

Traditional music for relaxation

There is plenty of music to be found from around the globe which can be fantastic to relax to. This next example is an album of Sanskrit chanting set to music by the Indian musician and composer, Ravi Shankar. The relaxing sounds here are second to none, and pervade this music in a calming journey of tranquility.

Buy meditation music online

Again, while much of this music can be listened to for free on YouTube, and it is easy to find very long pieces lasting hours so you don't need to keep playing new videos, you may want to buy your own CD or download an MP3. You can find these 2 albums on Amazon and they are both full of fantastic relaxing sounds.


White/Pink noise Generators

Whilst not strictly a relaxing sound by most people's standards, some do find white or pink noise to be relaxing. Sometimes used by sufferers of Tinnitus or as a sleep-aid by insomniacs, it usually consists of a constant sound which is closest described as a fast waterfall or wind blowing in trees. Here is an example:

Please leave comments

That's the end of my list of relaxing sounds. I hope there was something here that may have inspired you to explore a new kind of sound or music to experiment with. Please leave comments and any suggestions for other types of relaxing sounds I may have missed out.

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      Melanie 22 months ago

      Thanks for this article, I didn´t know so many websites and also videos existed to chill out. So I started looking around on Youtube and found this one channel, which really produces great, long, relaxing sound videos. Here´s a link, if you´re interested:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OknuYKwqdGQ&li...

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      Ethan Green 4 years ago from England

      Hi Watergeek

      Thank you for your kind comment. I am glad you found the article useful. I will have a look at your hub as well:-)

      Ethan

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      watergeek 4 years ago from Pasadena CA

      Nice, Ethan. I have a collection of nature CDs I use for meditation, and also some Native American ones - some of which I listed in a hub about taking a musical meditation bath. I didn't know Ravi Shankar had some recordings good for meditation. I met him once, so I'll have to check it out. Your list is a good one. Thanks for writing this hub.