Music has played a pivotal role in my life, from my teenage years to now.
In my latter years of High School I started listening to a lot of music. Music was always a big part of my life, but those years in particular honed my adoration for the craft in a special way. I remember countless nights when songs like Mariah Carey’s We Belong Together or Chris Brown’s Yo would put me to sleep or alternately keep me up longing for teenage love.
Music played a crucial role in my life during those formative years as they were rather stressful emotionally. My school grades suffered as a result and there was this deep longing for love and affection. However, there was something about that 8pm-10pm slot on a Jamaican radio station called Fame 95 fm that would make my nights Mondays – Fridays. No matter the day I had experienced, it would soothe me with soulful grooves and put me to bed. It would drift me off with thoughts of making love to teenage crushes or visions of a bright future in which I was listening to those same tunes at a much better time in my life.
My teenage life never included partying of any sort (you must thing I make all this stuff up), but really, I never had the life of an average teenager. I was depressed a lot, continuously lonely, and always thinking of the future, as my present reality at the time nurtured such thoughts. Music was a reprieve from life as I knew it, much like reading it took me another place, somewhere that was happy, less lonely, a fantasy world in which life was enjoyable. As this commenter states on an article I wrote recently:
Music provides just as much entertainment as books for me. It offers an escape from the present into parallel universes of light, hope, happiness, joy and celebration.
The beats of today and presents passed encompasses my life. However, I rarely listen music when I go to sleep nowadays compared to my teenage years. I normally just switch on the TV (which only has basic cable, since I canceled my cable subscription) as it serves as a focus point of sorts and helps me drift away in no time. Obviously, I hate falling asleep in silence, don’t know why, just a pet peeve maybe.
Last night though, when the urge to sleep crashed in me head on, and it literally did as I did not see it coming…I drew for Apple Music. Search bar…I typed…“classical music for meditation and yoga.” Weird, since I love music, but not so much the classical genre. But, I decided to give it a try. After a few minutes of listening I started to get bored (which is the perfect mood for falling asleep, but it just was not working for me) so I changed the playlist to “Music for Deep Sleep: Treatment of Insomnia Sleep Disorder.” Needless to say, I do not even know when I drifted off. A.k.a. it worked!
Despite the fact that I woke up 5 hours later at 4am, I did get a good few hours of sleep. Could this be attributed to me being very tired or the music inducing the perfect conditions for me to sleep? According to sleep.org:
While the reasons why music can help you sleep better aren’t clear, it may have to do with the relaxing effect that a good song can have, or the fact that music may trigger feel-good chemicals in the brain. Music can have real physical affects, too, by lowering your heart rate and slowing your breathing.
I can attest to peaceful music such as rhythm and blues, jazz or classical music inducing these effects, rock on the other hand, I don’t know. However, in my experience, listening music to assist in your sleep efforts can go a far way. I do not suffer from insomnia, but maybe if you do, you should check it out. Even if you don’t have this ailment, just using mild, rejuvenating music to soothe you after a long day can go a far way in helping calm your mind, preparing you for a restful sleep.
I do think music can put you to bed. Once the conditions are right you will be drifting away in no time. Look at it this way, music makes you party, makes you feel good, meditate, induces energy, sadness, joy, depression, anger, rebellion, peacefulness among many other emotions. So most definitely, I am sure that music can put you to bed.
Do you listen music when you are going to bed?