Listen to music before sleep? Do this!

It’s true: listening to music CAN improve your sleep quality and help you fall asleep faster. Studies have shown that music reduces cortisol in your system, the hormone associated with stress and alertness. Music also increases dopamine production, the hormone that makes us feel good.

So when you listen to music just before AND as you sleep, this can reduce the stress hormone and promote that “happiness” hormone.

Before you pop in your earbuds tonight, it’s important to keep a few tips in mind. Join sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus as he gives you a few tips for music to play just before bedtime and while you’re falling asleep. And, don’t miss his tip for couples, too.

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0:00 Why music matters
0:30 Brain activity
2:00 Music and sleep tips
3:35 Build a playlist with a partner

😴 Michael Breus, Ph.D., is a double board-certified clinical psychologist and sleep expert. He's been in practice since 1999 and helped thousands of patients improve their sleep. Dr. Breus has written five books on sleep and conducted over 1,000 interviews to the press and public.

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  1. I have been listening to some sleep stories while trying to fall asleep. I also have tinnitus so the noise also helps mask it. I prefer male voices as they are lower. The times I have listened to music, I have found Ludovico Einaudi’s music very soothing.

  2. I listen to sleep stories. They are usually followed by relaxing music. Game changer for me!

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