The benefits of meditation music sleep
Whether you're a sleep expert or just looking for some help catching some Z's, meditation music is an effective way to improve your sleep. Not only is it calming but it can also trigger your body's relaxation response, which helps you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
Research has shown that listening to music can reduce stress and anxiety, as well as increase the body's levels of oxytocin and serotonin — both of which are associated with feeling more relaxed. Studies have even shown that patients who listened to music before, during and after surgery had less anxiety, needed fewer pain medications, and reported better sleep and a decrease in fatigue and depression.
The effect of music on sleep is still unclear, but there are some promising neurological and physiological effects that may indicate its potential. For example, listening to relaxing new age music can trigger changes to the body's autonomic nervous system that mimic a state of relaxation and promote a slow heart rate, less labored breathing, and lower blood pressure.
The survey comprised four self-report scales for background information, followed by custom-written mixed methods response questions designed to find out what type of music people were using and why they were using it as a sleep aid. The responses from these were analysed and the results presented below (Figure 4) shows the predicted proportion of participants who use music as a sleep aid.