How many types of music are sounding off in the world today? And how does this have anything to do with your sleeping patterns? Having a successful quality of life includes having a solid slumber night after night. Music has the ability to soothe and create a peaceful environment that helps you fall asleep. When drifting off to sleep there’s nothing more calming than a tune that speaks to your heart. Therefore, certain music may indeed help you catch better Z’s.
A Closer Look at the Music-Sleep Connection
Your ability to sleep with music depends on the type of music you listen to and whether or not it resonates. Slow beats may help your body hit an internal snooze button, while loud and fast tunes rev up your engines and aren’t restful. Here are some musical choices that support sleep. Keep in mind that listening to a music’s tempo about 45 minutes before you head to bed makes a difference in achieving a proper sleep zone.
1. Classical music – These tempo’s are set to about 60 beats per minute, which is considered ideal. Violin, piano, harps, and nature sounds all contribute to a satisfying shut eye.
2. Slow guitar tunes with words – Steer clear of any songs that evoke emotion, as this furthers your mind to process positive or negative feelings. The key is to have no words in the tempo, however there are numerous easy songs you can listen to that follow the 60-beats-per-minute rule of thumb. Keep soothing tunes next to your bed.
3.Symphonic melodies – If you are a symphony advocate, perhaps these beats will align with your circadian rhythms. Bedtime listening to Beethoven or Vivaldi can be more than just lullabies for adults, these instrumental orchestrations are nirvana for certain sleep enthusiasts.
4. Jazz – This type of cacophony of instruments are relaxing and encouraged as well.
5. Folk music – Certain folk tunes give off a feel-good vibe. The lyrics, the banjo, the guitar, sometimes even acapella groups, are included in the folk music genre. As long as the beats are at 60 and the melody spurs the body to relax. Waking up refreshed is the ultimate goal of a good night’s sleep. Music is encouraged as a relaxation technique in winding down and boosting the quality (and the quantity) of your sleep. Music can help sleepers of all ages, as it triggers feel-good chemicals in the brain and has real physical effects, such as lowering your heart rate and slowing your breathing. However, it’s important to note that the benefits may not appear overnight, as it can take weeks for your body to see improvements, but listening to music does pay off.
Lull Yourself Back to Sleep With Dr. Mebane’s Help
By soothing your mind and physical body, being stimulated by music is both comforting and a sleeping aid. Try to choose melodies that are familiar to you, as the predictability of the song structure requires less active participation and will calm you down. Some music is actually developed to target insomniacs or those suffering from debilitating sleep disorders. Dr. Mensah will evaluate your current sleeping patterns, and offer up any solutions or formulas that will lead to a better sleep. Give Integrative Dentistry a call today!