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    Can't Sleep At Night? Expert Says Music Therapy Is Your Answer!

    Listening to music before bedtime is acceptable as it is a relaxation technique, says Arushi Jain, Founder at StayHappi Pharmacy.
    Published -30 May 2019, 18:00 ISTUpdated -29 Jul 2020, 17:22 IST
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    We all suffer from sleep deprivation at some point in our life, sometimes do to work or at other times due to health concerns. There are different things that cause us to lose an hour’s sleep often. But it can turn out serious if it occurs regularly and several hours of sleep are lost over a week. There are two kinds of effects of sleep deprivation i.e. immediate and long term.

    Arushi Jain, Founder, StayHappi Pharmacy, says that in immediate effects, the person’s has an issue of speech slurring or unable to coordinate, getting up late in the morning, relying heavily on an alarm clock to wake up. Other effects include lack of energy and lethargy, eye aching, bad headaches. People might consider because of last night’s alcohol consumption but in reality, it is all due to lack of quality sleep.

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    As per several studies, the person could suffer from many symptoms such as headaches, confusion, bloodshot eyes, irritability, bags under eyes; sensitivity to cold and in worse situations can lead to memory loss with other severe symptoms. Also, chronic sleep deprivation can also lead to the majority of health issues such as depression, type 2 diabetes as well as obesity.

    Besides, sudden drowsiness while driving or working can cause accidents while sudden mood swings and getting angry over small matters, crying at nothing or suffering from hyperactivity are also some of the symptoms. As per the results of meta-analysis, individuals who are facing acute as well as chronic sleep disorders have quality sleep if they listen to music before sleeping. In the latter case, listening to music just for one night is not enough as its positive effects can be seen over a period of time.

    Majority of the meta-analysis is done for western classical music with a tempo of 60-80 beats per minute. The rhythm was slow and stable, low pitch and soothing melody.

    What Are The Mechanisms Via Which Music Improves Sleep?

    This is still unresolved but there are several suggestions and hypothesis around it. Researchers cited about the sleep improvement from the listening to music on emotions and emotion-related physiology. Music listening is linked to activating brain areas important for reward and pleasure and listening to soothing song shows lower arousal with a decrease in heart rate and blood pressure.

    Music increases the release of oxytocin and endogenous opioids. Also known as cuddle hormone, oxytocin is important for functions such as reproduction, intimacy and bonding. Endogenous opioids are the body’s own painkillers and work similarly to medicine’s opioids. While listening to music, the release of these two hormones minimises stress and decreases physical and emotional pain.

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    You might be looking for the tips and tricks for better sleep from diverse sources but one of the best technique which is easy to apply for improving the sleep duration is listening to calming music regularly. The melodious tone has soothing healing powers which help in overcoming sleeplessness and get a better sound sleep. Lullabies aren’t just for babies but they work great for adults as well.

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    Benefits Of Listening To Music?

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    A delight to your ears: You favourite song can help you to sleep quickly. It is also important to choose a song that is not too loud. A gentle song can relax your mind as well as body thus; help you to get sleep easily.

    Unwanted Sound

    Sleepy music is essential as help in removing all the unwanted noises which disturbs sleep. There are several disturbing noises in the surrounding which makes it difficult for you to have a sound sleep. Once you start playing and listen to soft music with all due attention, other noises begin to fade out, allowing you to have uninterrupted sleep.

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    Make sure you select soft rhythm music before you fall asleep. The constant rhythm of soft music helps in reducing the stress levels, allows you to relax and helps in sleeping quickly. Well, it is really important to feel relaxed and whatever makes you feel soothed calmed and put your mind and body in a peaceful mode is actually the correct choice for you.

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