In a recent internet search I performed to see what other people were listening to on their iPods and CD players, I was somewhat amazed by the sheer number of sleep music downloads that came up. Indeed, it is not unusual to see several songs played each day. It is also not uncommon to find entire sleep music library stuffed into compact disks for safekeeping. There must be something people are trying to get away from! ?
So, what is sleep music anyway? It seems to be quite popular in North America and also Europe, although some may still be unaware of the term. The most popular is of course, Nacht der Kaffe und Kampf, which translates to Night and Dream. Many well-known musicians have released their versions, most notably Elton John, who has had several versions released over the years.
Basinski, Rietveld, and Schonenberg all have variations of their own versions available. You can download these from the Internet and many will help induce sleep and relaxation. For example, some Nature Sounds recordings may help you sleep easier at night, because they have been recorded in nature and give a feeling of being “at home”. Other nature sounds recordings may help you get to sleep quicker.
There are also different types of classical music used for sleep and relaxation, including Solfeggio frequency. One type of Solfeggio is used to help stimulate brain activity during sleep. This type of music helps to keep the brain stimulated and alert during deep sleep. These recordings are beneficial as background music and can be used in any situation, such as driving, or reading, or even having a conversation. It is also believed that sleep music therapy can increase a person’s creativity during the night.
During the past twenty years, David basinski has developed a method called the “middleton Method”, which uses sounds of specific frequencies to induce certain brainwave activities in the brain. Dr. Middleton has found this type of sleep music to be highly effective for treating sleep disorders such as insomnia. For example, some recordings from the “middleton Method” have helped patients with sleep apnea. Middleton has also discovered the benefits of using Middleton music for depression, anxiety, and stress relief.
What makes Middleton’s methodology more interesting than other similar methods is that it promotes a change in lifestyle, not just listening to a track during your regular waking hours. For example, most people only listen to music while driving in the car or during their daily commute. However, Dr. Middleton says we all need to do is get off the busy road and into the quiet, soothing countryside for a few hours each day. While driving back to work in the morning, for example, you could be listening to Middleton’s CD, “Day Dream”. The CD has the ability to calm you down in the car, get you ready for work and help you drift off to a wonderful and restful sleep.
Dr. basinski has also been experimenting with a form of relaxation called binaural beats per minute. By listening to a specific binaural recording while he is doing a mental or physical exercise, he can stay focused and be less distracted. For instance, if a patient is working on a multiplication problem, he can play a relaxing CD before starting his work. After several weeks of doing this, the doctor says he will notice a great improvement in his concentration and focus as well as a more relaxed body.
Most doctors agree that sleep is a valuable commodity, but that our modern lifestyles are so demanding that many people simply cannot sleep. Because of this, there are now a number of ways to encourage restorative sleep and relax the mind and body. Among these new methods of relaxation are binaural beats per minute, melatonin supplements, and the use of nature sounds such as the sound of running water. Some physicians even suggest that listening to calming nature sounds, such as running water, can have a beneficial effect on helping you sleep. Some research seems to indicate that this may be true. The results of this research are not conclusive, however.