Music therapy for insomnia treatment

Music therapy for insomnia treatment

Can music make it easier to fall asleep? Definitely yes! And research proves it. Just 3 weeks of regular listening to the right music before bedtime is enough to fall asleep faster and improve the quality of sleep. In addition, music is great for relaxation. It helps to relax the body and calm the mind after an eventful day, reduces stress and anxiety, and improves our mood. In this article, you can read more about effectiveness of music therapy for insomnia treatment.

Try also music composed by the Muzaic app and some tips we have prepared for you. With these, the soft sounds will easily lull you to sleep.

Music therapy for insomnia treatment
Regularly listening to music before bed makes falling asleep faster and easier and has a positive effect on the quality of sleep / photo by Eren Li

How to use music therapy for insomnia treatment?

Make listening to music before bedtime a habit

Routine and daily rituals promote quality sleep. Much is said about the need to take care of proper sleep hygiene – the right temperature and ventilation of the bedroom, a comfortable mattress, regular sleeping hours, or physical activity. Listening to relaxing music before going to sleep is also worth adding to this list. Importantly, even just a few minutes is enough. Make it your end-of-day ritual and you won’t have to wait long for the results. Studies have shown that poor sleepers achieved healthy sleep within 3 weeks of regular music intervention.

As well as improving the quality of your sleep, you are sure to see other benefits from evening music therapy. These include muscle relaxation, body relaxation, quieting the mind, and a sense of blissful peace.

Find music that suits you and your rhythm of falling asleep

Choose music that relaxes you. Calm, relaxing sounds lower your blood pressure and reduce the frequency of your heartbeat. The rhythm of your heart slowly adapts to the tempo of the music you listen to. This reduces stress and anxiety and their negative effects, such as severe muscle tension. 

Let the music you choose make you happy and put you in a good mood. Listening to music that you enjoy stimulates your body to produce hormones that are responsible for feelings of happiness and also promote sleep, such as serotonin and oxytocin. Songs composed specifically for sleep or relaxation will work well here. You can use playlists or apps that are growing in popularity. 

Avoid songs that provoke a strong emotional response in you

Try to calm your thoughts and emotions before going to bed. For this reason, it’s a good idea to choose music that is neutral to you and doesn’t provoke strong emotional reactions. Both because of the emotional charge conveyed by the music itself and your personal experiences. For example sad or unpleasant memories, associations with particular situations or people.

On the one hand, it’s best to listen to music we like. On the other hand, our favorite tracks can cause our brains to become stimulated. As a result, it makes it harder to fall asleep.

Similarly, try to avoid activating music, i.e. music based on our heart rate of 140/120. It is intended to mobilize us to action and physical activity. This music is joyful, rhythmic, and stimulating and sets our bodies in motion. A shot of positive energy, which flows from it, is worth reserving for the morning. 

Music therapy for insomnia treatment
Listening to music that evokes strong emotional reactions in us before bedtime can have the opposite effect – making it harder to fall asleep / photo by Ivan Samkov

Enjoy your music in comfort

Of course, it’s also important to be comfortable listening to music while you fall asleep. So use appropriate, comfortable, and hearing-safe headphones. And if possible, it’s a good idea not to use them at all in bed for your health and personal comfort.

Music for insomnia with Muzaic

We encourage you to practice music therapy before bed with music composed by the Muzaic algorithm. We hope it will bring you a strong and restful sleep.


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