Hundreds of people live by a playlist, listening to music every day as they’re walking or driving to work, in between classes, or relaxing at home.
Many people also listen to music right before bed. JSR interviewed some of these people and they said music brings relaxation and helps them to calm nerves and fall asleep.
Music helps even in cases when adults have insomnia, or difficulty falling asleep. In 2008, the Journal of Advanced Nursing reported that mellow music may improve the sleeping quality of those affected by insomnia. Even in cases where the sleeping problem is severe, music can be an effective way to fall asleep more easily.
Kimberly Beauchamp, a practicing physician at South County Naturopaths who has extensively researched sleep says that music “at bedtime appears to be an effective, safe and inexpensive aid… for insomnia.”
“Sometimes, [music] helps because it can be relaxing,” explained Eunice Lee, a first year pharmacist, in an interview with JSR.
She continued, “Music helps me when I study; [it helps me] to focus. But it also helps me to relax and is a good way for me to unwind and relieve stress.”
Eunsung Choe, a UC Berkley graduate finishing his doctoral studies, told JSR, “[While] I have to turn the music off right before I sleep, [the music] gets me in the mood of sleeping.”
According to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), “45 minutes of relaxing music before bed can make for a restful night; and when put in regular practice there is a 35% increase in better and longer night-time sleep.”
In summation: sweet tunes can lead to a sweet night.