Music and Sleep

 

           After a long day, the last thing you want is a restless sleep or insomnia keeping you from dreamland. Take it from someone who used to have horrible insomnia, there’s nothing worse than when you’re about to fall fast asleep and a noise in your bedroom jolts your eyes right back open. Music, being a medicine for most things, can also help you sleep. Studies show that listening to relaxing music can lead to a longer, deeper snooze and can really help you to shut off your thoughts and fall asleep faster.

       

    Even if you don’t suffer from insomnia or have any trouble falling asleep, new studies indicate that listening to music can enhance brainpower while you sleep. So not only is music improving our quality of sleep but it is also improving our memory and brainpower as a whole. After countless experiments, researchers have concluded that playing sounds synchronized to the rhythm of the slow brain oscillations of people who are asleep boosts their memory and improves sleep quality. While sound stimulation which is out of sync does not improve memory. The sound strengthens the brain's slow oscillations by increasing amplitude and by making slow-wave sleep, last longer. It has long been known that slow oscillations in brain activity, which occur during slow-wave sleep, are critical for retaining memories. Co-author Dr Jan Born, of the University of Tübingen in Germany, said: “The beauty lies in the simplicity of applying auditory stimulation at low intensities. And more importantly, the sound stimulation is effective only when the sounds occur in synchrony with the on-going slow oscillation rhythm during deep sleep.”

           This is a very exciting discovery for those suffering from insomnia or for anyone who simply wants to get a better sleep and allow their brain to reach its full potential. A good night’s rest has been linked to many health benefits and allows us to function efficiently throughout our day. The link below will direct you to a mix of music made to enhance your sleeping experience, give it a try and enjoy dreamland. http://lifehacker.com/this-music-is-designed-to-help-you-relax-and-sleep-1563414318


Written By: Meghan Hargaden