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Does “Sleep Music” Really Bring You to Dreamland? Here’s Our Verdict

by Voices Wellness 04 Apr 2021
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The solution to insomnia and sleeplessness could lie in soothing delta wave music. By LYDIA KWON. 

It was through pure serendipity that I discovered “sleep music”, a relaxing tool that’s said to helps one ease into deep sleep. Thanks to my perfect track record of drifting off to sleep at orchestra concerts (sorry, classical music lovers), I decided to recreate the experience while struggling with insomnia.

Typing “sleepy music” on my YouTube search bar opened up a whole new world of audio bliss to me. Instead of Mozart or Chopin’s masterful compositions, I was greeted with video titles containing the words “sleep music” and “delta waves.” My curiosity was quickly piqued with the realisation that there was some science behind the kind of sounds that made us drowsy and sleepy.

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Our stages of sleep

In order to understand the effect that music has on our brainwaves, it’s important to first understand how sleep occurs. Each night, most people go through four stages of sleep, which take us to different degrees of unconsciousness. Stage one occurs when we begin drifting into sleep and stage two is the period of light slumber that follows. The third is what we know as deep sleep—the period that’s essential to helping us feel well-rested when we wake up the next morning. 

As we gradually advance in the depths of sleep, our brain wave activity slows. The three stages of sleep then reach full cycle in the fourth, also known as the Rapid Eye Movement stage, which is named in reference to our eyes’ side-to-side darting movements under our lids. Here’s when our brain waves begin to pick up, signalling that slumber time has reached its end. 

What is delta wave music? 

Delta waves are high amplitude brain waves with frequencies of 0-4 hertz and these particular waves are connected to the third stage of sleep, where we’re at the deepest level of rest time. 

“Sleep music” is made up of low frequency tones that are strung together to help you produce delta waves. The brain then picks up on the music and prepares the body to enter the third stage of sleep. 

My Experience 

The delta wave soundtracks are quite a pleasure to listen to even if you’re not going to bed—they contain sounds reminiscent of nature and instil a hard-to-describe feeling of tranquillity. The soundtrack makes me feel like I’m walking through the vast sea or watching the ocean. It coaxes you to an almost meditative-like trance, and before I knew it—I was sound asleep. 

Delta waves music are great for anyone that’s looking for a fuss-free remedy to insomnia, as they’re easily accessible and even free on music streaming channels. Duration options are aplenty, from time-limited to non-stop tracks. Before you resort to sleeping pills, consider “sleep music” and couple it with a soothing lavender scent for a restful night of deep sleep.

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