In a large-scale review of 400 research papers concerning the neurochemistry of music, researchers confirmed that playing and listening to music has clear benefits for both mental and physical health. Specifically, the review linked music to improving the body’s immune system function and to reducing levels of stress. Classical music is one category of music scientifically proven to reduce stress and anxiety and/or improve sleep quality. One study investigating how different types of music help cope with stress identified classical music as the most effective musical stress reliever. Classical music was shown to significantly reduce anger and anxiety while increasing relaxation. Listen to some classical music for sleep examples below!
Classical Music for Sleep
8 Hours of Classical Music for Sleeping: Relaxing Piano Music Mozart, Debussy, Chopin, Schubert, and Grieg
4 Hours of Classical Music For Deep Relaxation And Sleep- Chopin
10 Hours of Relaxing Soft Classical Music Violin Concerto for Studying, Work, and Sleep
6 Hours of Classical Piano Music for Sleeping
During his TED talk on “The 4 ways sound affects us,” sound expert, author, and speaker Julian Treasure gives us an idea of the sonic potency of music. Treasure says: “Music is the most powerful sound there is.” When we use music intentionally, it can help us achieve certain states of body and mind.
Studies show that relaxing classical music is an effective intervention in reducing sleep issues. According to the National Sleep Foundation: “Older adults who listen to 45 minutes of relaxing music before bed fall asleep faster, sleep longer, wake up less during the night, and rate their nights as more restful than when they don’t listen to music. Similarly, when younger adults are given the option to listen to classical music, books on tape, or nothing before bed, the ones who relax with music see the greatest improvement in sleep quality.”