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Can music help you get great sleep?

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Music definitely effects our moods and energy levels. Whether you’re working or partying, cranking that beat up can change everything. But did you know that music also has a direct effect on our nervous system? It can make you calmer, make your breathing more regular, and actually bring your heart rate down.

The right kind of relaxing music can actually allow help us fall asleep quicker, sleep better, and wake up less. And while it’s very tempting to sleep with headphones in, we don’t recommend that as an everyday habit as it may affect blood flow to the ear’s tissues.

While we have some track suggestions below, we also have guidelines for picking relaxing sngs:

Choose a track without lyrics. If you’re someone who tends to be curious about lyrics, this helps you just absorb the music and relax.

Classical or instrumental music is ideal – but take care to not pick fast-paced numbers.

Pick slow, calming music with fewer beats per minute. This slows down your breathing and your heart rate.

Consider options like white and pink noise if music is not your sleeping jam.

Give your new habit time. It may take a day or so for your brain to get adjusted.

Experiment with songs to find the one that works for you.

Here are some of the songs that have sent multiple people in the Sleepyhead offices to sleep during the day as well.

Weightlessby Marconi Union

Clair de Luneby Claude Debussy

Canzonetta Sul-ariaby Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:

Nocturne in E Flat Major Op. 9 No. 2by Frederic Chopin:

Only Time by Enya

Last modified: January 6, 2021