What happens when you play music while you sleep

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This week we answer another one of our Facebook fans very interesting questions:

'What happens when you play music while you sleep? Is it good sleep hygiene to listen to music?'

All the sleep studies that have researched the link between playing music and sleep quality have found that listening to music whilst you sleep either has no impact at all on sleep quality or has a positive impact on sleep quality as well as mood. What that means is that if you are one of the many people struggling to fall asleep and stay asleep at night, you may want to give listening to your favourite tunes a go.

There's nothing to lose right?

The studies recommend that the songs played have a tempo of 60 to 80 beats per minute. If you are unsure of the tempo of the songs you like to fall asleep to, you can go to songbpm.com to check what their tempo is.

What's equally as interesting is that it does not seem to matter what genre of music is played as long as the listener perceives it to be pleasant and soothing. In other words, if you like it and find it relaxing, then it will work.

“People tend to gravitate toward mellow, laid-back vocals between the baritone and tenor range — similar to why lullabies are effective for helping people relax,” says The National Sleep Foundation's Max Hirshkowitz, PhD, in a press release, after joining forces with Spotify to find out what the most popular sleep songs were.

Here's their great, free playlist to help you fall asleep

Got a partner that does not share your love for your sleep playlist? Invest in a pair of good, comfy ear phones - there are even great wireless ones available!

Got any other artists or songs that you love falling asleep to? Feel free to share them on our Facebook page.

Not a music fan? Check out the iDream app for playlists that include ambient noise like flowing water and birds cheeping.

Alternatively, find out more about other techniques that can help you fall asleep.

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