The Real Secret to Falling Asleep Fast

Posted: June 10, 2005 in Our World

Forget counting sheep. Forget chamomile tea. Listening to music at bedtime is the secret to falling asleep fast and getting a restful night’s sleep, according to researchers Taiwan’s Tzu Chi University.

The best kind of music is soft, slow tunes, such as light jazz, folk, or orchestral pieces, that are 60 to 80 beats a minute. The researchers even have a name for it: sedative music. Believe it or not, the music will actually cause physical changes in your body, such as lowering your heart and respiratory rates, that will lead to a good night’s sleep, reports Reuters.

The study: Researchers studied the sleep patterns of 60 people between the ages of 60 and 83, all of whom had difficulty sleeping. Half were given relaxing music to listen to for 45 minutes at bedtime, and half were given no music and no other help to fall sleep.

The results: Those who listened to a selection of soft, slow music experienced physical changes that aided restful sleep. “The difference between the music group and the control group was clinically significant,” said lead author Hui-Ling Lai, vice director of nursing at the Buddhist Tzu Chi General Hospital and assistant professor at Tzu Chi University. “The music group reported a 26 percent overall improvement in the first week, and this figure continued to rise as they mastered the technique of relaxing to the sedative music.”

In addition, they suffered less dysfunction during the day since they had slept better the night before. Best of all, there are no side effects or pricey bills for prescription medicine.

The research was published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing.

I find that I’ll doze off when I’m reading history books @ text books. However, when I’m hooked on reading novels, I won’t be able to sleep until I’ve actually read from cover to cover. So, I end up sleeping at 4 am depends on the thickness of a book!

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