Struggling to sleep can have a wide range of negative health effects, and is not something that should be taken lightly. So, if you’re one of many that have trouble sleeping, can music help?
The short answer: yes. The long answer: it has a direct effect on the parasympathetic nervous system (the system that helps your body relax and prepare for sleep). Older adults that listen to around 45 minutes of relaxing music before bed fall asleep faster, sleep longer, wake up less in the night, and rate their nights as more restful.
Similarly, when young adults are given the option to listen to classical music, books on tape, or nothing before bed, the ones who relax with music see the greatest improvement in sleep quality.