Get your best night of sleep ever and drift off to dreamland with this curated collection of the most soothing songs for sleep. Let us help you get your shuteye!
Finding it hard to drift off to sleep? Try soothing your senses with this curated collection of music designed for a good night’s sleep. We’ve chosen songs that can help you relax and de-stress, helping you find peace and quiet for a restful night of rest.
Why calming music is helpful for sleep?
We have actually touched on this subject before in a previous blog. In this, we described the many calming effects music can have on the body. In this, we will be focusing on its benefits to sleep.
Calming music can be a great aid to achieve a peaceful and restful night’s sleep. Listening to soothing melodies can help to:
- Slow your heart rate
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Enhance mood
- Improve sleep quality
Calming music can also help to drown out distracting noises that might be keeping you awake, such as traffic or loud neighbors.
As stated above, music can help reduce anxiety and stress, which are common culprits of sleepless nights. When we listen to calming music, it can trigger the release of feel-good chemicals in the brain, such as dopamine and serotonin, which promote relaxation and happiness.
It’s important to note that not all music is created equal when it comes to sleep. The ideal music for sleep is slow, steady, and features minimal lyrics or vocals. You may also want to consider using headphones or earplugs to block out external noise and fully immerse yourself in the calming sounds.
Let’s talk genres
Genre is important when it comes to soothing music. Rock, hip hop, and pop probably aren’t the most relaxing of genres; if anything they help to get your energy up!
One of the most calming genres (the one you will find most common in this list) is classical music. Now while some may consider this boring, no one can dispute the fact that soft piano, violin, or harps aren’t soothing.
Classical music is great for sleep because of its ability to:
- Reduces stress and anxiety: Due to its slow-paced nature, classical music is great to slow down heart rate and breathing which helps to diminish levels of cortisol; the stress hormone.
- Promote relaxation: In general, music is a great way to create endorphins; the feel-good hormone. When you listen to a song you love it is hard to not be happy.
- Lowers blood pressure: Classical music is usually always calmer, which helps to reduce feelings of anxiety or stress.
- Improve sleep quality: The whole point of why we added classical music to this list! Classical music has actually shown its ability to improve sleep quality.
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List of songs (With the link provided!)
#1 Claire De Lune (Classical)
Composed by French composer, Claude Debussy, Clair De Lune’ was titled from an “atmospheric poem” written by French poet, Paul Verlaine.
In this, you will hear a combination of flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, horns, harpsichords, and strings. You can find the link here.
#2 Canon in D (Classical)
Commonly used as a wedding song, Canon in D was composed by German composer, Johann Pachelbel.
Speculation as to the purpose of the song has concluded that the song was written as an early wedding gift for Pachelbel’s older brother. You can find the link to the song here.
#3 Gymnopédie No 1 (Classical)
French composer, Erik Satie is responsible for the creation of the beautiful Gymnopédie No 1. Given the title, there are multiple compositions of the song.
#4 Moonlight Sonata (Classical)
Composed by the very famous German composer, Ludwig van Beethoven, Moonlight Sonata is another very famous classical song that will provide a soothing tune to sleep to.
Supposedly, the song was composed and dedicated to Beethoven’s lover, and student.
#5 Passacaglia (Classical)
Norwegian composer Johan Halvorsen created Passacaglia. Research states that Passacaglia was based on a theme by German-British composer George Frideric Handel. Done entirely in piano, this piece of art will surely set you in a soothing mood ready for bed.
You can find the link here.
#6 River Flows In You (Classical)
Another very well-known composition, River Flows In You was composed by South-Korean composer, Yiruma. This song is absolutely beautiful and done completely on the piano.
This song is both slow and fast-paced which makes for a very enjoyable and relaxing song. You can find the link here.
#7 Nocturnes, Op 9: No 2 (Classical)
French composer, Frédéric Chopin composed Nocturnes, Op 9: No 2. This composition is beautifully performed with piano and harpsichords. No doubt this may be another you have heard before.
You can find the link here.
#8 To Build A Home (Electronic)
Don’t let the genre fool you, this song is very soothing. With the added voice of the talented Patrick Watson, this song, like River Flows In You is both slow and fast.
Both strings and piano are featured in this song. You can find the link here.
#9 Hallelujah (Alternative)
Another very well-known song, Hallelujah is sung by the talented Jeff Buckley. The song speaks of a story of a broken love and true love that is being remembered. The song takes you through many moments of pain, joy, and more.
This song has been utilized in many popular films as well such as Lord of War, Peace of Love, and Shrek. You can find the link here.
The relaxing, immersive 8-minute-long track by Marconi Union has been scientifically proven to be one of the most relaxing songs ever created. Weightless uses drones and subtle jazz chords that produce a feeling of intense relaxation.
It also slows your heart rate and reduces cortisol (a stress hormone) levels – perfect for peaceful slumber! You can find the link here.
Enjoy your new sleep soundtrack!
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