The Music of the Night!

Bedtime lullabies often work wonders for sleepy babies. Now, there’s evidence millions of older folks who struggle to get to sleep could enjoy better sleep quality if they listen to music at bedtime.

Researchers from National Cheng Kung University Hospital in Taiwan analyzed results from 5 different sleep studies on 288 people over age 60. Results showed those who listened to some tunes before turning in enjoyed “significantly better” sleep than those who went to sleep in silence. In particular, researchers found “sedative music” was especially effective. That’s music with 60-80 beats a minute, at a soft volume and smooth melody.

Doctors think the music helps the body release cortisol, a hormone that lowers stress and anxiety levels, slows your heart and your breathing, and makes you feel safe, serene, comfortable and loved.

Most patients got results after just 4 weeks of music therapy.

Results didn’t apply to people with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Moreover, you may not get the same effect if you leave the music on all night. Nevertheless, doctors hope those who listen to soothing music won’t need to take medication. Some streaming services will even help you build a “sleep” playlist. The National Institute of Health is currently funding several studies to refine to effects. Of course, it will not hurt to turn off your phone or tablet, and cut out caffeine before you hit the hay.

Learn more at: