You're in your pyjamas, you've been tucked in bed for half an hour and you're ready for sleep, but now you’re tossing and turning because you just cannot wind down and doze off. The scenario is made even more infuriating because falling asleep is almost inevitably most difficult whenever you need some sleep the most. Of course there are all sorts of techniques to help drift off to the land of nod, but many people believe music is the best remedy.
You might be surprised to learn that some types of music are actually scientifically proven to be relaxing. Manchester based Marconi Union collaborated with the British Academy of Sound Therapy and released a track that was claimed to be the most relaxing song ever after a study by the Mindlab Institution. It's said that the eight minute long track 'Weightless' can slow the heart rate, reduce blood pressure and decrease levels of cortisol – a steroid hormone released in response to stress. So its certainly worth a go if you're suffering from insomnia.
Whether you are looking to squeeze in a quick nap or catch a whole night's sleep, here's a collection of ten specially selected tunes we think will help you get some well deserved rest, one of which we can assure you is scientifically endorsed!
Marconi Union - Weightless
Kate Rusby – Who Will Sing Me Lullabies
Ed Sheeran- Tenerife Sea
Bon Iver - Holocence
DJ Shah - Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix)
Lovelier Other – Leave This Behind
Scarlett Johansson – Falling Down
Mozart - Canzonetta Sull'aria
Cafe Del Mar - We Can Fly
Suzanne Vega – Gypsy
Of course there are plenty of tunes that will do the opposite and wake you up in the morning. We've heard that Ken Dodd's 'Happiness' is more likely to get you up and out the bedroom than an alarm clock!