Are you as guilty as us when it comes to feeling it's more important to fall asleep listening to music and letting it play all night long. On the flipside, some may say that listening to music while you sleep helps to instill your muscle memory, perhaps widening your musicianship, sharpening your ears and listening skills.
How about some science to get us started on the right foot? Sleep Advisor recommends that we weigh their thoughts on the matter, advising that “Listening to music activates both sides of our brain, the left, and the right. Engaging both sides of your brain simultaneously boosts your ability to solve problems because you’re using the creative left side of your brain at the same time as the logical right side.”
“Music also triggers the hippocampus, which is the part of your brain that’s associated with long-term memory storage. That’s why songs from the past can help you re-enact memories, and why many of us feel nostalgic when we hear songs from our childhood, adolescence or peak times in our life. The song is helping to bring back fond and pleasant memories. Overall, music has a positive effect on us, with one notable exception. Loud noise (over 95 decibels) can negatively affect our judgment. So, if you’re in the midst of an important decision, turn down the volume to a reasonable level”.
One little hack that we love the idea of is to get the best of both worlds and allow yourself to fall asleep to music set to a timer. If you choose the right music, it may allow you to relax, lowering your heart rate, getting you focused on one thought rather than the day buzzing through your head and allowing you to enter a calm space. If you have an Alexa, you can set her to play relaxing sounds for 90 minutes, or your timespan of choice, and then she’ll shut off - hopefully by then you’ll be off in dreamland.
Now, if you’re dead set on listening to music all night long, it may be smart to consider the method in which you do so. If you can, avoid headphone usage while you sleep. WWLTV reminds us that “Studies have shown that sleeping with your headphones in while listening to music is a health risk and could cause permanent damage. Hearing loss, skin necrosis and built up earwax are just a few of the side effects that could happen when you're plugged in.”
With all of this knowledge, one should most likely assume that it may be most wise to skip the music while you sleep, as our brains are still processing our environment around us, even if we are seemingly in the deepest of slumbers. So, we vote to fully indulge in those nights where you may fall asleep in headphones or with the radio on, but it may be best to keep it quiet while you’re resting and to fully engage with your musical tastes while you’re wide awake.