Relax melodies can be specifically engineered to help you sleep. The American Sleep Association advises seven to nine hours of sleep for adults. And yet, 35.3 percent of American adults report getting less than seven hours of sleep during a typical 24-hour period. So more than one in every three Americans are getting insufficient sleep. This becomes more concerning when we consider the myriad health problems studies have at least partially contributed to sleep deprivation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) link insufficient sleep to the development and management of many chronic diseases and conditions. The list includes type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. But fear not, there is a melodic solution with the power to help alleviate sleeplessness. If you’re suffering from sleep deprivation, the relax melodies intrinsic to certain types of music can help you attain those seven plus hours you need.
Relaxing music helps us sleep
In 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 sleeping problems. And 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.”
Relaxing music could be the key to unlocking quality sleep.
Pentatonic Music (Relax Melodies)
An ancient type of music is gaining new scientific legitimacy for its relaxing effects. Pentatonic music is the music made on a scale with five notes per octave. This is distinctive from most of the modern music we hear. Most music today is made on the heptatonic scale with seven notes per octave. Yet pentatonic music is nothing new. It shows up in the ancient folk music of many cultures. From ancient Greece to Celtic folk music to Ethiopia, peoples historically composed music on the pentatonic scale. This suggests pentatonic music is based on naturally-occurring phenomena that people picked up on.
Now, studies of pentatonic music reveal melodies made on this scale possess the power to induce relaxation. One study showed that listening to pentatonic music significantly decreased infants’ stress hormone levels. Another, more recent study again confirmed pentatonic music encourages relaxation responses in infants. Listening to pentatonic melodies might help calm you into a state where you’re ready for sleep.
Full playlists of relaxing sleep sounds (relax melodies)
A new company called Endel creates hour-long playlists of relaxing sleep melodies made from pentatonic music and natural sounds. The sleep playlists are produced by a collaborative team of scientists, artists, and developers who deeply understand and appreciate the profound power of sound.
Knowing that sufficient sleep is vital for your health, wouldn’t you want to treat your body and mind the playlists that can help it sleep? Check out Endel’s five relaxing sleep sounds playlists on Apple Music and Spotify.
Click the “play” button below to preview the Sleep: Rainy Night playlist (then click “listen” if you wish to view the album on Apple Music or Spotify).
Endel’s app version personalizes relaxing melodies
The app version of Endel uses personal inputs including heart rate, location, time, and weather to tailor relaxing sounds specifically to you. Endel’s app bases its core algorithm on pentatonic music, sound masking, and circadian rhythms.
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App users can choose from four modes: Relax, Sleep, Focus, and On-The-Go. Endel’s Sleep Mode — like its sleep sounds playlists — soothes you into a deep sleep with soft, gentle sounds that compliment your circadian rhythm. The personalized sounds generated by the app’s Relax Mode calm your mind to create feelings of comfort and safety. Endel’s user survey showed its sounds decreased listeners’ anxiety by a factor of 3.6x.
Let the relaxing melodies of Endel lull you into deep, quality sleep. Try its playlists or download the Endel app here, or via the button below: