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The Secret of Getting to Sleep? Music

"Having trouble sleeping? Don't bother with a cup of cocoa or counting sheep -- listening to music at bedtime is the way to get a restful night, Taiwanese researchers have found.

In a paper published in the February issue of the Journal of Advanced Nursing, a team from Taiwan's Tzu Chi University said they studied the sleep patterns of 60 people between 60 and 83 years who had difficulty sleeping.

Half were given relaxing music to listen to for 45 minutes at bedtime and half were given no help to sleep.

The team found that those who listened to a selection of soft, slow music experienced physical changes that aided restful sleep, such as lower heart and respiratory rates."

Golly gee wheez, maybe I'm not crazy after all. I have been listening to music to fall asleep for years and to go back to sleep after I wake up in the middle of the night. Works like a charm for me.

Based on my personal experience I have also recommended it to my patients for years. Now, I feel validated that the practice is borne out by some research.

My favorite? I change CDs every couple of weeks. Once of my favorites is Burt Bacharach and Ron Eisley's album, Here I Am. Not only does it put me to sleep, but I find myself humming their tunes during the day. They always put me in a good mood.

Last night I went to sleep with Diana Krall.

Link: MedlinePlus: The Secret of Getting to Sleep? Music.

Comments

Michelle Henry

This is such a simple but profound solution to getting to sleep! Relaxing music really does work wonders. It's surprising more people don't utilize it's benefits. Thanks for the article!

Michelle Henry
www.betterbedsolutions.com

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