We have all experienced the pain of waking up in the morning feeling groggy and grumpy, but not knowing exactly why we feel so horrifically bitter.
Although some of us may have realised, we push it to the back of our minds and don’t want to accept that the root of all our problems could be lack of sleep. Yes, most of us definitely don’t make the most out of our sleep.
But why? What is stopping us from a glorious 9 hours of uninterrupted hibernation?
Why Can’t I Sleep at Night?
Well, it could be a long list of things:
- Eating Patterns
- Room temperature
- Watching TV before bed
- Wrong mattress
- Medication that you’re taking
- Caffeine intake
The list goes on.
It can be overwhelming when trying to figure out the best way to catch your Zs. That is why we are here, we have a possible solution.
In this article you will learn how listening to music is beneficial to your sleep and the best way to do it.
We will tell you everything you need to do about what kind of music you should be listening to.
Read until the end to find out how earbuds can kill your body tissue.
But first let’s see what the experts say…
Dr. Mayank Shukla, who is a sleep and pulmonologist doctor tells us that:
“Music may be the answer for some people who have trouble sleeping. Lullabies are not just for babies and children; finding the right song to play before sleeping can greatly improve some people’s sleep habits. Finding a soothing tune to relax and lull you off to sleep is a great thing to try if you’re having trouble.”
The benefits of listening to music before you fall asleep include:
- Reduction of stress
- Helps you fall into a deeper, better quality state of sleep
- Can reduce disturbances in the night
- Can lesson depressive symptoms
- Helps you fall asleep quicker
But, music? Will it not distract me when trying to fall asleep?
The answer is yes and no. It all depends on the type of music you listen to. Soothing, relaxing songs with a slow tempo of 60 to 80 BPM will do just the trick.
How Exactly does Music Help You Sleep Better?
Harvard Medical School explains how music works with our brain in technical terms:
“Like any sound, music arrives at the ear in the form of sound waves. The external ear collects sound waves, and the ear canal funnels them to the eardrum. As the waves strike the eardrum, they cause it to vibrate. The vibrations are relayed along the chain of tiny bones in the middle ear until they reach the third bone, the stapes, which connects to the cochlea.”
So, how does this help us sleep?
There has been huge amounts of research done on the correlation between music and sleep and hundreds of experiments have taken place.
What we do know is that music acts upon our central nervous system and it has anti-anxiety and relaxing effects.
It has also been proven to impact the production of compounds like opioids and oxytocin which have pain-relieving qualities and help to improve sleep.
How to Listen to Music While Sleeping
Now we have (hopefully) convinced you that falling asleep to music is a great idea, here are some easy tips on how to do it right.
Listening to a Music Playlist Using Earbuds
This is not the ideal way to listen to music while sleeping. They can be uncomfortable, they can fall out during the night and they can pose a real safety threat.
- If they don’t fit right or put pressure on the skin in your ear canal this could cause necrosis, which is the death of body tissue.
- It creates wax build up as the earbud prevents it from escaping.
- They can stop you from hearing outside noise, such as fire alarms or other emergencies.
- When tossing and turning in the night the cord could tangle around your neck.
That is not our intention, promise! We just want you to be safe while listening to your tunes at night.
That is why we recommend:
- A Radio
- Listening through your TV
- Pillow speakers
- A SleepPhones headband
Sleep Playlist on Your Phone
If you are playing music through an iPhone, we have a great tip which you may not have known.
You can set a timer to stop your music after however long you choose. Brilliant!
Whether you just want it for the first half an hour until you fall asleep, or for 8 hours just up until you wake up in the morning.
Here’s how you do it:
1. Open up the timer on your iPhone.
2. Set the amount of time you want the music to play for.
3. Open ‘When Timer Ends’.
4. Scroll right to the bottom where you will see ‘Stop Playing’.
5. Once it is ticked, press ‘Set’.
A Playlist of Relaxing Music to Put You into a Deep Sleep
It can be different for everyone as to what kind of music will help you sleep, but generally it should be soothing songs with a slow rhythm of 60 to 80 BPM, as we previously mentioned.
Here we have put together a great playlist that is sure help send you to the land of nod, none of which are over 80 BPM.
Weightless – Marconi Union
Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
Sam Smith – I’m Not The Only One
Sam Smith – I’ve Told You Now
Adele – Make You Feel My Love
Dillon – Thirteen Thirty-Five
Amy Winehouse – Rehab
James Blake – Retrograde
Metronomy – A Thing For Me
Homeshake – Give It To Me
IAMNOBODI – An Idea
SRNO – Give It All Up
Dessert – Back Around
Kylian Rebour – The World Is Turning
Milo Stavos – A New Day
dvsn – Mood
Dan Layus – Driveaway
Bishop Briggs – Dead Man’s Arms
Paul McCartney – Only Our Hearts
Michael Bublé – You’re Nobody Till Someone Loves You
Mika – Lady Jane