Listening to Music While You Sleep Can Give You a Better Nights Rest
Music soothes the savage beast, as the saying goes. There’s nothing quite like relaxing after a long day. This means curling up on your best comfy mattress and listening to your favorite tunes. While it’s always been obvious to us that a best comfy mattress and music make for an iconic duo, it’s now official. Music can make you sleep better. “Yes, there is data that suggests that music can help people fall asleep,” says Michael Breus, Ph.D., a sleep expert and author of The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan: Simple Rules for Losing Weight While You Sleep said in a recent interview. Here’s the thing, the type of music you play has a big effect on whether you get to sleep earlier and are better rested. The brain can pick up on sounds even while we sleep. Music that is too full of energy or too aggressive can actually have the opposite effect that you want it to. Breus says that it is better to have music that mimics the human heart. “If you play Guns ‘N Roses, chances are low that it will put you to sleep,” says Breus. “Reputable studies find that music with a rhythm of about 60 beats a minute helps people fall asleep. As you are falling asleep, your heart rate begins to slow, and starts to move toward that 60-beats-per-minute range.” Another factor to think about is the inclusion of vocals or words in your music. It turns out that if the music you’re listening to has lyrics, it could activate parts of your brain that are supposed to remain dormant while you sleep. It’s also best to avoid things that have strong emotional connotations, so that old mixtape from a former partner is probably a big no-no. Here are a couple great artists that will help you drift off.
The king of cool, Miles davis early work is defined by lowkey trumpet jazz. His use of a straight mute takes what is normally a brassy and loud instrument and makes it into a soothing, sleep magnet. Plus, his quintets from the fifties and sixties are chocked full of relaxing jams that will get you snoozing on your best comfy mattress before you realize it. Try Kind of Blue for a great introduction.
The great American composer who is probably best known for Fanfare for the Common Man (from 2001: A Space Odyssey), Copland also knows how to layer orchestral music in a soothing and relaxing way. His symphonic arrangements are beautiful and pastoral. Try listening to Appalachian Spring for a great way to nod off.
The experimental musician has an affinity for vibraphone, a super pleasing instrument that evokes images of clouds. Very relaxing and easy to listen to. Try Music for Airports for a great, focusing way to fall asleep. What are some of your favorite artists to fall asleep to? Let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear what you’re rocking.