According to the National Sleep Foundation, music directly affects the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps us unwind and prepare for sleep. By listening to relaxing music before bedtime, not only will you fall asleep faster, you'll sleep longer and deeper, without interruption. Music can slow your breathing, lower both your heart rate and blood pressure, and relax your muscles. So, what better way to prepare for your evening slumber than by tuning into some soothing melodies?
There are plenty of different styles to listen to, from classical to new age, it's just a matter of finding what works best for you. You also want to keep the tempo to around 60 beats per minute in order to achieve ultimate relaxation. A quick Google search of "music for sleeping" brings up plenty of YouTube videos designed to calm your mind and help reduce stress before signing off for the night. Some music streaming services offer specific channels for bedtime music, making it easy to narrow down some of the top playlists.
Experiment with a few different musical genres. Once you find a favorite melody, start listening about 45 minutes before bed to help calm your mind and relax your body. You'll wake up refreshed and ready to start your day. We offer a free sleep meditation download .....enjoy!
If you want to learn more about music and the brain here's another interesting article from our friends at NuMusician 18 Wonderful Ways Music Can Effect The Brain