Mattress Online studied 1,098 songs from 8 official Spotify ‘Sleep Playlists’ to create the ultimate soundtrack to a better night’s sleep.
Data was gathered from 6,576,512 listeners, meaning millions of people are turning to music to get some shuteye. The songs were analysed to reveal the most popular tracks according to Spotify’s algorithm, which could end your sleep struggles in just three weeks.
Take a listen to the data-driven Sleep Soundtrack here!
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Best qualities in music for sleeping
- Low 98 BPM (beats per minute), similar to your average resting heart rate
- Small 23 dB (decibels), as loud as leaves rustling or whispering
- 30/100 on the happiness scale, which 3 times less cheery than Pharrell William’s Happy
- Piano instrumentals, over classics like the violin and the flute
- Can relieve stress
- Can relieve anxiety
- Chronic pain relief
- Creates a calmer atmosphere to aid a better night’s sleep
Research from the Sleep Council also shows that if you take longer than 30 minutes to fall asleep, you’re more likely to suffer from mental and physical fatigue. If this sounds familiar, listen to the Sleep Soundtrack for at least 45 minutes before bed. Other best methods for listening include avoiding headphones and setting a sleep timer so you don’t have to pick up your phone in the night.
The best methods of listening to music for sleep
- Listen before bed
- Avoid headphones
- Don’t play music all night
Other great method is the ASMR phenomenon, which interest has risen by 566% in four years. ASMR stands for autonomous sensory meridian response. It’s a calming, tingling sensation which spreads from the top of your head to your spine, triggered by relaxing audio sounds.
Top ASMR sounds
- Water running/splashing
- Footsteps in snow
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