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Music is one of the most powerful ways to trick your brain. Its direct connection to the grey matter enables it to trigger emotions, bring back memories, or create moods 5 Websites To Play Music Matching Your Mood 5 Websites To Play Music Matching Your Mood Read More ; just like touch, images, and odors. A well composed dose of music can help you relax 3 White Noise Apps To Help You Sleep, Concentrate & Relax 3 White Noise Apps To Help You Sleep, Concentrate & Relax If you're trying to sleep or work and an incessant background noise won't let up, these apps will help. Read More , calm down, and get a good night’s sleep 6 Free White Noise Sites To Relax Or Set Yourself To Sleep 6 Free White Noise Sites To Relax Or Set Yourself To Sleep Read More .

If you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or getting good sleep, however, you might want to try something more advanced than music to relax. A change in routines, diet, or exercise can do wonders, as the following BBC documentary reveals.

And now on to great relaxation music to get you into the mood for some good sleep.

Single: GIBARIAN – Requiem

Genre: ambient, electronic, house, choir

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John Gibarian Watson is the man behind this melancholic piece that, according to the album page, was recorded during car crashes. It may be a good start to calm down and reclaim what’s important: life. This insight should simplify things somewhat. Just relax.

EP: Orae – Alexandrina

Genre: electronic, acoustic

Orae is the music project of Geordie Little, Scott Van Manen, Sam Rogers and Jian Kellett-Liew. The four are located in Berlin and associated with the Italian Bad Panda Records, a DIY label startup. Bad Panda Records offers one new release for free download under a Creative Commons licenses every Monday.

Free Floating Music – all|is|calm 2012

Genre: ambient, electronic, sleep, meditation

all|is|calm is a compilation of artists promoted by Free Floating Music, a blog and radio show dedicated to free ambient music. Brad Ross-MacLeod writes: “My goal with Free Floating is to present music that makes us stop and listen more closely to the amazing world all around us and appreciate what we have and who we know. It is most especially true of the all|is|calm series, which I hope will be the soundtrack to winter celebrations and meditations. Let there be peace on earth…”

Stellardrone – Light Years

Genre: ambient, electronic, cinematic, soundscape

From his Facebook page: “Stellardrone is a pseudonym of amateur composer (Edgaras, b.1987) who started creating music in 2007. Using only computer software (Reason, Ableton) and virtual synthesizers. He is mostly interested in ambient / electronic / space music. Releasing all albums for free (with an option to donate/buy) and promotes free sharing of digital copies.”

EP: Microvolt – Dissipate

Genre: experimental, ambient, electronic, lo-fi

From his Bandcamp profile: “I make my music using a fairly lo-fi setup, experimenting with different angles of creating stuff.”

EP: Cube Face – Fair Use

Genre: electronic, bass

Cube Face is Liam from Liverpool. He is a member of the Cadence Collective, a worldwide group of artists & friends striving to create and spread positive energy. Their motto is “community over competition”. The collective and record label is based in New York.

EP: Artisan Loyalist – You’re Glory

Genre: ambient, electronic

The Artisan Loyalist Rob Batke is based in Edmonton, Canada.

EP: Audio Compress – Streaming

Genre: ambient, electronic, experimental, didgeridoo, tribal

Gabor Csirmaz and Tamas Balog from Budapest, Hungary produce experimental tribal ambient music.

EP: Richard A Ingram – Softened Almost Into Melody By The Distance

Genre: classical, ambient, piano, drone, experimental

Richard A Ingram is a musician based in Manchester, UK. The tagline of his website says it’s just noise. I say it all depends on your perspective.

Good Weather For An Airstrike – Lights

Genre: ambient, classical, chillout, experimental, dream pop, drone, soundscape

From his Facebook page: “The Good Weather For An Airstrike project was initially conceived at the beginning of 2009 to help Winchester, UK based Tom Honey alleviate the issues caused by suffering from tinnitus, which causes a ringing sensation in the ear and can often result in difficulty sleeping. The idea was to create a collection of relaxing sounds which would help induce sleep.”

EP: grammeofsoma – headphones to carry you home

Genre: ambient, instrumental, dream, drone, soundscape

From his Facebook page: “Soma, the solo project of Brisbane guitarist and composer Michael Gagen. Ambient sound design, quiet guitar loops, filled silences, sound blankets for study, commute, contemplation or sleep. Have written for visual artists, short film producers, and even for my friends in exam blocks. Ill-frequently live. Three studio albums thus far.”

EP: Iohannes – November

Genre: ambient, atmospheric, experimental, guitar, drone, soundscape

Ivan recommends to use your headphones for a better experience. Enjoy atmospheric guitar sounds recorded in Croatia.

Final Question

What is your recipe for falling asleep quickly? And can you recommend music to aid the process?

Share your feedback @TinaSieber on Twitter, send an email to Tina at this domain, or simply leave a comment right here.

  1. Anonymous
    May 9, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    tnx

  2. Brad Ross-MacLeod
    December 19, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Gotcha, Tina.

    For free music, nothing beats Altus (http://altusmusic.ca). He has just released Sleep Theory, Vol. 2, which is composed specifically for sleep. Obviously there is also Vol. 1.

    I also have two albums I've released myself that are definitely conducive to quiet play for sleeping. They can be found here: http://cparadisi.bandcamp.com/

    • Tina S
      December 20, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      Thank you for these great recommendations, Brad! They are on my list for a future iteration of this topic.

  3. Kevin
    December 19, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    I find that whatever instrumental music I listen to while trying to go to sleep is far more effective if I can just barely hear it. Dream state comes quicker while the mind is trying to to fill in the parts that the ears couldn't quite make out.

  4. Xoandre
    December 19, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    From childhood, there was a remedy my mom always used...

    1 coffee cup filled 3/4ths with milk. Add a dash of nutmeg, stir. microwave for 1:30 and squirt in a good amount of honey. Stir well and drink... sleepy time!

    • Tina S
      December 20, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      Milk and honey can work wonders. Adding nutmeg is new to me, but makes sense.

  5. Brad Ross-MacLeod
    December 19, 2013 at 5:58 am

    As the curator of Free Floating, I will naturally recommend our music. However, several of my favorite albums for sleeping are by ambient pioneer and legend, Steve Roach. Try his 'Structures From Silence' or 'Quiet Music'.

    • Tina S
      December 19, 2013 at 10:37 am

      Thank you for the recommendation, Brad!
      I'm only featuring free album downloads, so Steve didn't make the cut. For anyone interested, this is his Bandcamp page: http://steveroach.bandcamp.com/

  6. Jay
    December 17, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Stellardrone is good!

  7. Jon
    December 17, 2013 at 2:09 am

    Nice selection! I love ambient music not only for falling asleep but also for working. I also like nature sounds and white noise for falling asleep. Other things that help me sleep are audiobooks of classics like "Crime and Punishment."

    • Tina S
      December 19, 2013 at 10:38 am

      Thanks for the feedback, Jon!

      Incidentally, I have nature sounds and white noise on my list for future editions of Sound Sunday. :)

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