Posted by Jess Weil

Who says that lullabies are only for babies and children? Not us, that’s for sure. You may have outgrown “Rockabye Baby” decades ago, but you’re never too old to fall asleep to music. In fact, listening to music may even help you sleep better. If you deal with mild insomnia or have a hard time getting to sleep, this could be the solution you’ve been waiting for. 

Does Music Really Help You Sleep Better?

When it comes to any sleep-related issues, we always like to look first at the scientific evidence.

According to a study published in PLOS ONE, listening to music has been shown to calm the nervous system and decrease anxiety. In other words, if stressful thoughts are keeping you awake at night, music can help you relax. 

Additional research has shown that listening to music can shorten stage two sleep cycles, allowing individuals to reach the restful and restorative REM cycle in a less time.

Ideal Bedtime Tunes     

However, just because music can help you sleep better doesn’t mean that any tune will do. Experts suggest that music around 60 beats per minute with minimal brass and percussion is ideal.

According to Huffington Post, “music around 60 beats per minute (the low end of a healthy resting heart rate) can trigger your brain to synchronize your heart rate with the musical beat, and classical does this best.”

In one study, students ranging from 19 to 28 years of age were instructed to listen to classical music for 45 minutes at bedtime for three weeks to see if it improved their sleep quality. The results were so positive that researchers concluded “relaxing classical music is an effective intervention in reducing sleeping problems.”

But classical music isn’t the only option. You can also try adding New Age, Baroque, Native American, Celtic or even light jazz to the mix to see what works for you. 

The Best Listening Methods

If you find that you enjoy falling asleep to music, you may need to figure out a discreet way to do it—especially if your partner prefers silence. Headphones are always an option, or you could go the extra mile and try the Dreampad, an innovative pillow that plays music only you can hear.

Here's what our staff reviewer, Paul, had to say about Dreampad: 

"I feel that the Dreampad helps me get to sleep faster by giving my mind something to focus on other than the laundry list of other intrusions in my life. I am getting great sleep and haven’t had an episode of insomnia since I started using it!"



Interested in learning more? Check out the Dreampad at Better Rest.