Sunday, August 26, 2007

Relaxing Music Proven to Help You Sleep


Researchers have shown just 45 minutes of relaxing music before bedtime can make for a restful night.

The Taiwanese researchers studied the sleeping patterns of 60 elderly people with sleep problems.

They told the Journal of Advanced Nursing, how the technique was easy to learn and lacked the side-effects of other treatments.

If anyone is a bit agitated before they go to bed then anything that can help calm them down and relax is a good thing.

The study participants were either given a choice of music to listen to before going to sleep or nothing at all.

The music group were able to choose from six tapes that featured soft, slow music - around 60-80 beats per minute - such as jazz, folk or orchestral pieces.

Listening to music caused physical changes that aided restful sleep, including a lower heart and respiratory rate, the researchers found.

The people in the music group reported a 35% improvement in their sleep, including better and longer night-time sleep and less dysfunction during the day.

Lead author Professor Hui-Ling Lai, of the Buddhist Tzu-Chi General Hospital and the University of Taiwan, said: "The music group reported a 26% overall improvement in the first week and this figure continued to rise as they mastered the technique of relaxing into sedative music."

Professor Jim Horne, from the Sleep Research Centre at Loughborough University, said: "If anyone is a bit agitated before they go to bed then anything that can help calm them down and relax is a good thing.

"Some say making sure older people sleep less in the afternoon and get plenty of exposure to daylight can help them get a better night's sleep."

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Blogger per419 said...

Hi, thanks for leaving a message on my blog. I myself is suffering from insomia, at first, I didn't realize that I was, or maybe I wouldn't admit it, but I'd stay up so late and even if I want to, and my body tired, I still couldn't shut my eyes and have the rest that I want, but still I have to go to work early the next day feeling exhausted because of lack of sleep. You know what, your articles kinda remind me that indeed the best sleep I had was when I was near nature, the beach, or those times when we go hiking and set a camp for an overnight stay. So I believe and agree with you, music does really helps people to relax and be in a more restful state, and we need that, especially with our busy city life nowadays, so I will try your advice =). I think jazz and folk music are fine but nothing beats the music made by nature itself.. =) More power!

4:07 AM  
Blogger flashaltman said...

Thanks for your comment. I hope you try the nature music, and if you do, please let me know how it works for you.

8:16 AM  

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