Music to Help You Fall Asleep

photo of woman and girl lying on bed

Switching Styles is providing Music to Help You Fall Asleep. Relaxing with music is a beautiful way to settle down before bed, making it easier to fall asleep and sleep deeply. They are both essential. People underestimate how crucial sleep is for both physical and mental health. Sleep is necessary to repair all bodily functions, including the immune system, digestive system, and brain.

The Importance of Sleep

We all know that sleep is essential, but do you understand why it’s so important? It’s important because of the biological processes we need as humans. The National Institute of Health explains that “Quality sleep – and getting enough of it at the right times — is as essential to survival as food and water. Without sleep, you can’t form or maintain the pathways in your brain that let you learn and create new memories, and it’s harder to concentrate and respond quickly”.

woman leaning on her table
Photo by Marcus Aurelius on Pexels.com

This is because when you sleep, your body repairs itself. “There are certain repair processes that occur in the body mostly, or most effectively, during sleep,” explains Dr. Kenneth Wright, Jr., a sleep researcher at the University of Colorado. “If you don’t sleep enough, those processes will be disturbed.”

Using Music to Help You Fall Asleep

Need soundscapes to help you fall asleep? You are not alone. Countless folks require some kind of noise to fall asleep due to several distinct reasons. In a Plos One survey, the majority (62%) of survey respondents use music to help them fall asleep.

Additionally, the research found that “Music has many promising neurological and physiological effects that may be indicative of its effective use in the fight against sleep loss. In some clinical populations listening to music has been suggested to reduce anxiety and the subjectively negative effects of physical pain”.

Finding a routine that works for you is crucial because music may not always be effective. The results of a 2021 systematic review of sixteen studies involving 812 older adults with sleep problems produced conflicting findings; some studies supported the efficacy of music interventions, while others did not.

“Studies into music’s efficacy as a sleep aid have used subjective self-report and occasionally objective measures such as actigraphy and polysomnography. Most have been conducted in clinical populations, such as individuals with chronic insomnia or patients in hospital settings. For example, Chang et al. demonstrated that listening to music for 45 minutes before sleep for four days reduced stage 2 sleep duration while extending REM sleep in adults with chronic insomnia. Research by Chen et al. supported these findings in a group of young adults. Individuals with a long sleep latency (10 minutes or longer) saw a shorter stage 2 sleep and a longer deep sleep with sedative music playing for the first hour the participant was in bed”.

Keep in mind that listening to music to fall asleep isn’t always a magic fix. Music is just one option. There are a lot of other considerations. If you can not fall asleep consistently or sleep more than 9 hours a night without feeling refreshed, there may be more to it, such as an underlying medical condition. Contact your doctor.

person covering woman with blanket
Photo by Min An on Pexels.com

Relaxing Music Playlist for Sleeping

 Relaxing before bed is one of the best tips to get a good night’s sleep. A 2015 Cochrane systematic review of 6 studies involving a total of 314 participants with insomnia found that music-based interventions may be effective in improving subjective sleep quality in adults with insomnia.

“I’ve been doing research on music and emotion for about two decades now. One of the things we’ve found strong empirical support for is the idea that listening to music can regulate stress”, said Frank Russo, psychology professor at Ryerson and director of SMART Lab.

For maximum effect, incorporate some downtime before bed into your routine. Some of our favourite soundscapes for slumber are listed below. These will help calm your mind so you can relax, regardless of the cause: stress, mental health problems, insomnia, too much coffee, or not enough stuffed animals. You can choose from various excellent options on the Switching Styles’ list to listen to while you sleep.

“Epic Fantasy Music – Ascension” By Brunuhville

“Epic Fantasy Music – Watcher in The Water” By Fantasy & World Music by The Fiechters

“D&D Ambience – Catacombs” By Sword Coast Soundscapes

“Stunning Astro Lapse Scenes + Relaxing Music for Deep Sleep & Relaxation” By Nature Relaxation Films.

“Mighty Vibes Vol 4: Lofi Beats for Best Buddies to Listen To” By Critical Role

Final Thoughts for Music to Help You Fall Asleep

With these songs and soundscapes, it is time to join the land of dreams. Thank you for supporting switching styles today. Your readership helps us continue writing and creating content for you, our audience.

Good night and sleep tight!


Our writers need to back up what we say with trusted resources. As with any online source, please do your research and don’t take anything online at face value, even us!

‌Good. (2021, March 29). Good Sleep for Good Health. NIH News in Health. Https://Newsinhealth.Nih.Gov/2021/04/Good-Sleep-Good-Health

Kira Vibe Jespersen, Koenig, J., Poul Jennum, & Vuust, P. (2015). Music For Insomnia in Adults. The Cochrane Library, 2015(11). Https://Doi.Org/10.1002/14651858.Cd010459.Pub2

‌Nilsson U. The Anxiety- And Pain-Reducing Effects of Music Interventions: A Systematic Review. AORN J [Internet]. 2008;87(4):780–807. Https://Www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/Pubmed/18395022 10.1016/J.Aorn.2007.09.013

Trahan, T., Durrant, S., Müllensiefen, D., & Williamson, V. (2018). The Music That Helps People Sleep and The Reasons They Believe It Works: A Mixed Methods Analysis of Online Survey Reports. PLOS ONE, 13(11), E0206531–E0206531. Https://Doi.Org/10.1371/Journal.Pone.0206531

‌Xie, L., Kang, H., Xu, Q., Michael, Liao, Y.-H., Meenakshisundaram Thiyagarajan, O’Donnell, J. S., Christensen, D. H., Nicholson, C., Iliff, J. J., Takano, T., & Deane, R. (2013). Sleep Drives Metabolite Clearance from The Adult Brain. Science, 342(6156), 373–377. Https://Doi.Org/10.1126/Science.1241224

‌Your Guide to Healthy Sleep. (2011, January 8). NHLBI, NIH. Https://Www.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/Resources/Your-Guide-Healthy-Sleep

Let me introduce myself. I'm Dylanna fisher, a writer, creator, and visionary. Currently, I'm a journalism student at Grant MacEwan University based in Edmonton, Alberta. I've recently graduated with a journalism major while growing a freelancing writing company on the side, Dylanna Fisher Communications. Ever since I can remember, I've always been fascinated with sharing ideas with people. And that's exactly what I want to do. Check out my work on Switchingstyles.ca and on dylannafisher.com.

Now tell Switching Styles what you really think!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Discover more from Switching Styles

Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.

Continue Reading

%d bloggers like this: