Whenever I can't sleep, I try really hard to convince myself that if I keep my eyes closed long enough, sleep will eventually come. All this concentrating makes me hungry and I find myself fighting the urge to stumble into the kitchen for a midnight snack. It's a slippery slope, friends. Typically I end up resorting to my childhood ways and counting sheep. However, I recently learned there's an easier way to slip into slumber. It's time to forget the sheep and unwind with songs that help you fall asleep.
It might seem like common sense, but if you want to relax and unwind, you don't want to crank up your booty jam playlist. As Lazlo Harmat, a researcher who has examined the effects of music on sleep told Today, there are many types of music that can help a person fall asleep, even though string-based classical music is often recommended. In the same article, Liz Cooper of the British Academy of Sound Therapy explained that tempo is more important than the type of music. The secret sauce is the beats per minute, or BPM, of a song that will make you feel drowsy after listening. Music needs to be 60 BPM or less, to help the mind and body relax and prepare for sleep.
The next time you're having trouble sleeping, you don't have to stare at the ceiling in defeat — download these songs, put on your headphones, and you'll be drifting away to dreamland before you know it.