Living in a perpetual state of sleep deprivation has become a norm for many of us. Although the American Sleep Association recommends adults attain 7 – 9 hours of sleep, the organization also reports that 35.3 percent of adults get less than seven hours of sleep during a typical 24-hour period. Many of us think we’re fine getting by with just five or six hours of sleep. However, even consistently skimping on sleep by an hour or two can have devastating effects on our physical and mental health. Luckily, just as science shows us how much we need sleep for optimal health, wellness, and functioning, it also reveals ways we can get more and better sleep. Listening to relaxing sleep music is one of the simplest and most effective ways to experience more restful sleep.
Don’t skimp on sleep
According to healthline, effects of sleep deprivation can include:
- High blood pressure
- Risk of diabetes
- Risk of heart disease
- Weight gain
- Low sex drive
- Memory issues
- Mood changes
- Weakened immunity
- Trouble with thinking and concentration
Sleeping is also intricately connected with our overall mental health. According to a Harvard Health Publishing article: “Sleep and mental health are closely connected. Sleep deprivation affects your psychological state and mental health. And those with mental health problems are more likely to have insomnia or other sleep disorders.”
As our society becomes ever busier and more complex, people are becoming more stressed and having a harder time sleeping as a result. According to the American Institute of Stress, 77 percent of Americans regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress. Similarly — and alarmingly — 73 percent of Americans regularly experience psychological symptoms caused by stress. One major avenue that can lead to stress alleviation is better sleep.
“With the increased daily stress related to the economy and jobs, we are seeing more patients with sleep problems. The good news is these problems are treatable. We have had many patients who are now productive, alert and energetic. They feel better because they’re sleeping better,” said Dr. Raj Kakar, Medical Director, The Dallas Center for Sleep Disorders in Plano, Texas in the 2009 Sleep America Poll.
Science says relaxing sleep music can help
A large number of scientific studies suggest listening to relaxing music can majorly improve sleep quality. Here are just a few examples:
- One meta-study of 10 randomized studies found music improves sleep quality for patients with acute and chronic sleep disorders.
- A study on the effects of music on the sleep quality of adults with chronic insomnia found music therapy effective in helping to reduce symptoms of insomnia. Listening to soothing music at nocturnal sleep time improved participants’ rested rating scores, shortened stage 2 sleep, and prolonged REM sleep.
- A sleep study of young adults found sedative music improved participants’ quality of sleep by prolonging the duration of deep sleep. The study concluded sedative music “provides an alternative and noninvasive way to improve sleep in selected persons experiencing sleep problems.”
If you’re interested in finding out whether relaxing sleep music will improve your own quality of sleep, check out the sleep sounds below.
Relaxing ambient sleep albums + app
An ambient sleep sounds app personalized to you
A new, cutting-edge sound engine called Endel leverages the neuroscience behind how white noise helps infants sleep and relaxing sounds reduce stress and anxiety (and have a positive effect on heart rate and blood pressure). Endel generates ambient soundscapes to align mind and body toward various moods or modes (such as sleep). The Endel app is algorithm powered by circadian rhythms (our natural sleep/wake cycle), pentatonic scale (scientifically proven to increase relaxation), and sound-masking (scientifically proven to improve sleep quality).
The audio ecosystems created by Endel are also adaptable. Through personal inputs including heart rate, location, weather, and time zone, the app personalizes its ambient soundscapes to match each listener’s state and setting. The Endel app also aligns body and mind for other states in addition to sleep. Users can choose from sound modes including Relax, Focus, and On-The-Go as well as Sleep.
Hour-long playlists of relaxing ambient sleep sounds
Endel also recently released a series of five sleep playlists. Each album is composed purely of ambient sounds proven to enhance sleep quality. Each of Endel’s hour-long sleep sounds albums features 23 tracks of gentle, soothing sounds to allow sleep to come easier and last longer.
To give Endel’s sleep albums a listen, click the “play” button below and preview the Sleep: Clear Night, Cloudy Night, Rainy Night, Foggy Morning, and Cloudy Afternoon playlists. Choose “listen” in the top right corner if you wish to view and/or download the full album via your preferred streaming service.
Clear Night Playlist Preview
Cloudy Night Playlist Preview
Rainy Night Playlist Preview
Foggy Morning Playlist Preview
Cloudy Afternoon Playlist Preview
Now that you’ve had a taste of relaxing sleep music — and acquired a deeper understanding of the necessity of good quality sleep — spread the word. Share the power of Endel’s relaxing sleep sounds with friends and family. No one should have to endure the consequences of sleep deprivation … and soothing sleep sounds can help.