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What Is the Best Music To Listen to While Sleeping?

by BetterSleep
Mar 8 • 4 min read

Listening to music is a great way to change your mood or feel motivated. But what music is best suited to help you get a good night’s sleep? Let’s explore the four best types of sleep music you can try tonight.

1. Healing sleep music: Solfeggio frequencies

Solfeggio frequencies are specific sound tones used to promote different types of wellness for your body and mind. The healing powers of these frequencies are even proven by research.

Different Solfeggio frequencies can offer a variety of healing benefits when you listen to them before you go to sleep. For example, 432-hertz sleep music is proven to slow down your heart rate, while 528-hertz sleep music can reduce stress.

When you listen to music that uses Solfeggio frequencies, you may not even hear them! You can also layer them on top of other types of relaxing sleep music to combine their benefits.

2. Instrumental sleep music

Instrumental music uses real instruments and typically doesn’t include vocals. Not all instrumental music is appropriate for sleep — some are even quite upbeat and energizing. But slow-paced instrumental songs can help you relax without getting distracted by lyrics or other types of vocals.

Piano music and orchestral music fall under this type of sleep music. In fact, classical music like Mozart and Strauss can help lower blood pressure more than pop music for example. But other types of music, like Celtic melodies, can also work well to help you wind down before bed.

3. Sleep music with nature sounds

Do you tend to fall asleep better when you turn on a fan or listen to other types of white noise? Or do you find that you fall asleep faster when you hear the rain tapping on your roof? If so, sleep music with nature sounds or other sound effects could be a great choice to help you feel asleep.

Picture yourself listening to a soothing melody while hearing the calming sound of ocean waves washing over you. That’s just one of the possible combinations you can use. In the BetterSleep app you can combine nature sounds that you enjoy with sleep music to create the perfect relaxing ambiance you need to rest.

4. Sleep music waves: Binaural beats and isochronic tones

Solfeggio frequencies aren’t the only types of sounds that can promote healing and better sleep.

Binaural beats are two different frequencies that each play in one of your ears. You can only listen to binaural beats using headphones, so if you only use speakers to listen to music while you go to sleep, your brain won’t be able to perceive the beats.

Different frequencies of binaural beats can help you with different effects. Sleep music works better when it uses Theta waves (3-8 Hz) and Delta waves (0.5-3 Hz).

On the other hand, you can listen to isochronic tones with or without headphones because they don’t rely on two separate beats. Instead, they’re single tones repeated at specific intervals that are evenly spaced.

While isochronic tones haven’t been studied as much as binaural beats, some preliminary studies noticed that these beats can help improve anxiety and stress levels.

Did you know that the BetterSleep app offers music with these types of sounds? Try BetterSleep for free to listen to a plethora of relaxing music choices — you can even edit your own sound mixes to create the perfect sleep environment for you!

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