The Soundtrack To A Better Night’s Sleep
October 8, 2019
Jessica Higgins in Advice, Music Psychology, health, music psychology, self care, sleep

Mattress Online studied 1,098 songs from 8 official Spotify ‘Sleep Playlists’ to create the ultimate soundtrack to a better night’s sleep.

Data was gathered from 6,576,512 listeners, meaning millions of people are turning to music to get some shuteye. The songs were analysed to reveal the most popular tracks according to Spotify’s algorithm, which could end your sleep struggles in just three weeks.

Check out the playlist here:

The research shows music with these qualities are best for sleeping:

1. Low 98 BPM (beats per minute), similar to your average resting heart rate

2. Small 23 dB (decibels), as loud as leaves rustling or whispering

3. 30/100 on the happiness scale, which 3 times less cheery than Pharrell William’s Happy

4. Piano instrumentals, over classics like the violin and the flute

This music is associated with many health benefits and can relieve stress, anxiety and chronic pain, creating a calmer atmosphere to aid a better night’s sleep.


Research from the Sleep Council also shows that if you take longer than 30 minutes to fall asleep, you’re more likely to suffer from mental and physical fatigue. If this sounds familiar, listen to the Sleep Soundtrack for at least 45 minutes before bed. Other best methods for listening include avoiding headphones and setting a sleep timer so you don’t have to pick up your phone in the night.

Not forgetting the ASMR phenomenon, which interest has risen by 566% in four years, we have uncovered the top ASMR triggers too, with running water coming out on top.

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