The Science Of Sleep & Music

Music has been a part of Human Civilization since the dawn of time. Mothers sing lullabies to their babies while putting them to sleep. Our brains are hardwired to recognize and find comfort in patterns and trends. So it makes sense that one might assume, correctly, that music can help you sleep better at night.

There is hard data that suggests that music can help people fall asleep. In a typical study, people listen to relaxing tunes (such as classical music) for about 45 minutes before they go to sleep. Several studies have found that the music’s tempo makes a difference. “Reputable studies find that music with a rhythm of about 60 beats per minute helps people fall asleep.” says Dr. Michael Breus, Sleep Expert and author of The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan: Simple Rules for Losing Weight While You Sleep. As you’re falling asleep, your heart rate tends to slow down and become more consistent, specifically towards the 60 beats per minute range. In other words, slow music helps you sleep better. Classical Music is best suited for this, as popular classical music is slower in tempo and lighter on the rhythm, ideal for sleep.

Not into classical music? Some popular music can also help you sleep. While blasting Guns and Roses or Lil Pump into your ears might not be the best way to catch up on sleep, Spotify research has found that most of their users’ “Sleep” playlists have Ed Sheeran songs in them. So you might want to look into that. “The better choice is often music with no words.” suggests Dr. Breus. We’ve got a few songs that will help you fall asleep, Linked here.

Also, a quick note, it’s fine to fall asleep listening to music, but don’t wear Earbuds or Headphones to bed. They can be uncomfortable, and if you roll over while wearing earbuds, you might hurt your ear canal. Instead, try out Pillow Speakers. These things are exactly what they sound like; Pillows with speakers inside them. They come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and materials, and they’re all designed to help you sleep comfortably at night. Or just use a Bluetooth speaker at low volume. That works too.

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