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!

Some music can prove soporific The right music might just be the remedy