Sleep & Music

Did you grow up as a child listening to music all night? We sure did! Now, we realize how lucky we were to have parents who never once asked us to turn down our music or to sleep without. It was so comforting and so wonderful to wake up every day with one of your favorite new songs playing. But, did it have any negative effects on our sleep? Was our brain ever able to truly turn off?

This is up for debate, as it can be very subjective and depend on the genre and context of the sleep situation. If music helps you fall asleep and keeps you asleep, then how could that be a bad thing? One may ask, are there different qualities of sleep. Some say, it is possible that your brain is still trying to process all the music while you sleep so it can't truly rest. 

sleep and music.jpgHow about the concept of Binaural Beats? What is that anyway? "Binaural beats are a technique of combining two slightly different sound frequencies to create the perception of a single new frequency tone. You listen to binaural beats using headphones. In each ear, you receive sound at a slightly different frequency (often accompanied by some relaxing background sounds). If your left ear receives a 300-hertz tone and your right ear receives a 280-hertz tone, your brain will process and absorb a 10-hertz tone. That’s a very low-frequency sound wave—one you can’t actually hear. But you don’t need to hear the sound for your brain to be affected by it."

Some people swear that binaural beats and intentionally listening to certain frequencies, has cured them of all types of ailments - including depression, addiction and heartache. How does this work? Can a frequency truly bring inner peace? 

One small tip we have, is to not sleep with earbuds in. A recent study found that this is a very damaging habit, as "necrosis, which is when your body’s tissue dies due to lack of blood flow, is possible. In theory, the pressure your earbuds put on your ears over time could cut off circulation and lead to necrosis."

Ultimately, we believe that the best course of action is to do a few experiments, within as close of a context as you can create. See how you feel in the morning after a few days of sleeping in the same pattern, with and without music, with and without frequency - see how it truly effects you in real time. Good night!