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Music for Sleep - relaxing sounds for a blissful night

Music for Sleep - relaxing sounds for a blissful night

Listening to music can be one of the most relaxing things in the world, and certain types of music can have a transformative effect, taking your mind away from whatever dominated it during the day, to a calmer and more comfortable place. With such a powerfully-soothing potential it’s no surprise that listening to music is the pre-sleep activity of choice for many people.

Whether you listen in the late-evening to set a relaxed mood before bedtime or prefer plugging in your headphones and letting music take you into sleep, the right choice of song can make all the difference to the time it takes you to drift off and the quality of sleep you experience during the night. While music is of course a highly subjective choice, and what relaxes some people might be anathema to others, it’s generally best to avoid listening to songs that could inspire responses that aren’t compatible with chilling out before bedtime.

Here are some choices that might just help you drift off tonight…

Brian Eno – Another Green World

The title track from Eno’s 1975 album is just 141 seconds long, but the repetitive instrumental needs just a few seconds to induce a deep sense of peacefulness that lasts long after the fade-out. Another Green World marked the beginning of the artist’s transition into ambient soundscapes, and is just one of many Eno tracks that could’ve made this list.

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Acker Bilk – Stranger on the Shore

Bilk’s clarinet classic might be seen as an easy-listening staple, but its relaxed lilt can create an almost sedative response from the listener. The calming power of Bilk’s instrumental has seen it used everywhere from the cabin of the pioneering Apollo 10 mission, to Karl Pilkington’s iPod when he was buried alive on an episode of An Idiot Abroad – so it’ll surely work in the relative comfort of your bedroom.

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Sigur Ros – Staralfur

The only track with vocals on this list, Sigur Ros’ Staralfur consists of an assortment of instruments (guitar, piano, organ, strings, horns and some in utero-like atmospheric effects at the end) that come together to create an ethereal sound. This is music to dream to.

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Yo-Yo Ma – Bach: Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major

A rendition of Bach’s popular piece from cello maestro Yo-Yo Ma, Suite No.1 is instantly familiar and instantly relaxing.

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Philip Glass - Island

Island is a shifting, pulsing piece that takes you on dreamlike journey. A relentlessly repetitive motif, Glass’ calling-card, provides a constant for the listener, while clarinet, sax and horns simmer to the surface.

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