Use this song to fall right asleep

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Falling asleep can be hard. iPhones and Net­flix don’t make it eas­i­er. That’s why I was skep­ti­cal about using music as a tool to fall asleep.

Remem­ber these? Are they still around?

In the begin­ning of 2017, I became obsessed with col­lect­ing dig­i­tal ver­sions of Lifescapes CDs, you know, the instru­men­tal music col­lec­tions that used to be sold at Tar­get and Wal­mart?

Around the same time, I learned that tak­ing a short 20–30 minute nap could have tremen­dous pro­duc­tiv­i­ty ben­e­fits. So when I stum­bled on “Music for Sleep” by John Her­man­son, I was eager to see if it would work for me.

Someone’s review says:

This is not your ordi­nary sleep music. Please please lis­ten to the warn­ing on this CD . . . As soon as the music start­ed both of us simul­ta­ne­ous­ly sighed and our shoul­ders slumped as if we were imme­di­ate­ly rest­ing. I was hav­ing trou­ble sleep­ing at the time so I pur­chased it and tried it out. At first I thought I could lis­ten to it while in the bath­tub. BAD idea. I think it is too relax­ing for any­thing besides sleep­ing.

Now that I’ve used this A LOT to get to sleep, I com­plete­ly agree. It works like mag­ic. Take a quick lis­ten and see what hap­pens for you:

This song actu­al­ly made me sleepy. The gui­tar pick­ing is sim­ple, yet com­plex enough to try to fol­low. The synth pad is mixed at the right vol­ume and has a con­sis­tent “wave like rhythm.” The dobro swells are timed per­fect­ly to match the wave of the synth. In oth­er words, it’s per­fect.

Use this song when you need to get to sleep.

It will help you fall asleep faster and “keep” you asleep because it acts as a noise bed to mask road noise, talk­ing, or oth­er sounds that might keep you up.

Getting set up

You will want to either buy or down­load the song local­ly to your device so it doesn’t have to stream each time you need it.

Get it on iTunes here
Buy it on Ama­zon here
Here it is on Google Play
Find it on Spo­ti­fy here (I do this in “offline mode” using Spo­ti­fy pre­mi­um)

Introduce it to your ears

Wait until an evening when you’re tru­ly tired and don’t “need” it. Put it on and fall asleep. (Make sure your device is plugged in so it doesn’t drain the bat­tery!)

How to use it for naps

  1. Turn your phone on Air­plane mode I rec­om­mend this for naps because it will pre­vent calls from turn­ing off the music as you’re try­ing to sleep.
  2. Open the Clock app and select Timer (choose your favorite Alarm) The sound of the alarm will turn off the music when it’s time to wake up.
  3. Set to 20–30 min­utes, what­ev­er works bet­ter for you
  4. Open your music app
  5. Set the song to repeat “1” The song is about 10 min­utes long and loops seam­less­ly.
  6. Select your vol­ume You want it loud enough to mask any dis­tract­ing back­ground sounds that might keep you awake.
  7. Relax & drift away With your eyes closed, make small cir­cle motions first in coun­ter­clock­wise motion, then clock­wise. Fol­low the gui­tar going up. Fol­low it going down. Breathe deeply to the tem­po of the song.

How to use it for deep sleep (overnight)

  1. Set your alarm to wake up like nor­mal. If you’re like me and use your phone as your alarm, this will still work. Sim­ply set your alarm FIRST for when you want to wake up.
  2. Open the Clock app and select Timer for 30 min­utes (choose “When timer ends: Stop Play­ing”) This will fade the music OFF in 30 min­utes so it does not con­tin­ue play­ing all night.
  3. Open your music app Turn on the song.
  4. Set the song to repeat “1” The song is about 10 min­utes long and loops seam­less­ly.
  5. Select your vol­ume You want it loud enough to mask any dis­tract­ing back­ground sounds that might keep you awake.
  6. Relax & drift away With your eyes closed, make small cir­cle motions first in coun­ter­clock­wise motion, then clock­wise. Fol­low the gui­tar going up. Fol­low it going down. Breathe deeply to the tem­po of the song.

Warning: Do not listen to this song throughout the day.

Train your ears and body to ONLY hear this song when it’s time to fall asleep. This will help to trig­ger your brain to go to sleep when it comes on.

[share­able cite= “Josh Mitchell”]This song puts me to sleep every time I lis­ten to it.[/shareable]

[reminder]What oth­er tech­niques do you use to fall asleep?[/reminder]

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