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Music & sleep  

Can I listen to music when I sleep? And if so, what happens?

The National Sleep Foundation (an American non-profit organisation that deals with sleep and its disorders) asked this question and found that music is more than just a pleasure.

According to their research, music “produces direct effects at the level of the parasympathetic nervous system that assists the body in the relaxation that precedes sleep. Adults who listen to up to 45 minutes of relaxing music before bedtime fall asleep faster, sleep longer, are less prone to nocturnal awakenings and consider their nights more restful than when they do not listen to music’.
For young people it is the same, they relax by listening to classical music with visible improvements in sleep quality.

According to the French newspaper Le Figaro, which made public the results of a survey by the Ipsos Institute of Statistics on the habits of the French people, it turns out that a fairly widespread practice is to get children, even under the age of 2, to fall asleep by making them listen to music, either at home or in the car while travelling.

Music has the power to slow the heart rate and breathing, lower blood pressure and can make muscles relax. These music-induced biological changes mirror the changes the body undergoes when falling asleep, so music becomes the perfect ally for a relaxing and restful sleep.
In practice, music increases the state of relaxation that anticipates the arrival of sleep.

What is the best way to hear it? Headphones? Earphones? Background music?
In an era where colourful, designer headphones or ultra-technological wireless earphones are all the rage, it seems absurd to suggest a return to music simply diffused around the room. Something not attached to the person’s head, something that allows one to completely relax on one’s bed while listening to the notes of one’s favourite music. One can even fall asleep, without risk and without discomfort.
This is perhaps the healthiest reality of all.
The sound in fact reaches the ears without forcing them into contact with external structures.

A loudspeaker, however, emits directional sounds and one must therefore be very careful where one places it in a bedroom.
The ultimate in comfort is to live and sleep enveloped in a cloud of omnidirectional music.

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