Recently, my sister (who is in radio and apparently tapped into many fascinating sources relating to music) sent me a list of the ten musicians or bands who were most likely to put people to sleep. Topping that list was Coldplay, and my first instinct was to feel badly for poor Coldplay who was already the butt of a very funny line from "The 40 Year Old Virgin" ("How do I know you're gay? You like Coldplay."). As I continued reading, however, it turned out that topping that list might be a compliment; they simply have a very soothing sound. Who doesn't love sleep?
When I was younger, I thought the "sleep" function on my clock radio was ingenious because I could fall asleep listening to music and the radio would shut off all by itself- magic! Even today I am lulled to sleep while listening to music on the train for a refreshing catnap. My oldest daughter has a nighttime playlist to fall asleep to, while my other three kids let their music play quietly all night.
Since none of my kids are toddlers or, to my knowledge, have sleep disorders, I don't really care how they fall or stay asleep at night. I did, however, start to wonder if having music on all night affected the quality of their sleep. To my surprise, my high quality online research revealed that listening to music while sleeping can help relax you and increase your chances of remaining asleep. The only negatives I was able to find were concerns about sleeping with headphones in and wasting electricity.
I have seen lots of fancy gadgets called "sleep machines" that are designed to help you fall asleep to sounds like rain, birds chirping and ocean waves. For my anniversary at work years back, I got to choose a gift and selected a tricked out clock radio that included such sounds (Better or worse than the set of knives from another milestone anniversary? You decide.). I never used that feature myself, but we did try to use the sound of ocean waves for our dogs who slept in the office of our house at the time until we realized that the accompanying seagulls got them excited (they now sleep in our bedroom).
But why buy an expensive sleep machine when you can make your very own custom sleepy playlist? I've put together a list of my most calmingly favorite songs. Use some of these or make one of your own. A friend from work had a baby last month and commonly sends me emails at odd hours of the night. Perhaps burning a copy of this list will accompany the outfit from Gymboree I was planning to get her. Enjoy and sweet dreams!
"Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)" - Billy Joel
"Green Eyes" - Coldplay
"Send Me an Angel" - Alicia Keys
"No Other Way" - Jack Johnson
"If I Keep My Heart Out of Sight" - James Taylor
"Morning Yearning" - Ben Harper
"Like A Star" - Corinne Bailey Rae
"Accidental Babies" - Damien Rice
"Lover Lay Down" - Dave Matthews Band
"Behind The Sun" - Eric Clapton
"Honey and the Moon" - Joseph Arthur
"You Are Not Alone" - Mavis Staples
"Don't Know Why" - Norah Jones
"Silent Eyes" - Paul Simon
"Are We Really Through" - Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs
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