Nelke Roose

22 Nov 2020
Life & Culture

When Facing a Pandemic, Can Music Help You Sleep Better?

COVID-19 turned our world upside-down and left many of us feeling anxious, stressed, or scared. Sleeping well is a key ingredient to feeling better, but, of course, that’s easier said than done. Music could help you get some good night’s rest, so here are some do’s and don’ts.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star

Children of all ages often sleep better when listening to soothing melodies, research and many parents confirm. But music could be a helpful tool for everyone, no matter what age.

Putting some relaxing music on can help you slow down your breathing, lower your heart rate, and quiet your nervous system. Additionally, it can reduce stress, tension, and anxiety, all things that could keep you awake. Music could even trigger sleep-friendly hormones, like serotine. Because of those effects, research shows that listening to music before bedtime, makes you fall asleep quicker. So, try implementing music into your night-time routine!

Choose right

However, famous American Sleep Doctor Michael Breus warns on his blog that not every tune has this relaxing effect on you. It goes without saying that a song played at the funeral of your granddad could trigger emotions and keep you from a good night’s rest. At night, it’s best to stay away from those songs that have an emotional meaning to you.

Moreover, upbeat music could activate your brain and even trigger the release of hormones like adrenaline, therefore making you more awake. When you fall asleep, your heart rate slows down to around 60 beats per minute. Now, music with the same tempo of 60 beats per minute could help you lower your heart rate to this sleepy phase. Instrumental music would be best too, however, if you’re not into classical music or specific sleep sounds, just remember to choose slow, soothing songs.

No earphones

One additional tip Dr. Breus gives is to not wear earphones or headphones when you’re in bed. It’s not only uncomfortable, but you could also damage your ears and your ear canal. Instead, you should opt for speakers (never put your music too loud, though!) or there are even pillows made with speakers, perfect for your midnight playlist. Check out one of our favorite playlists here!

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