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Drift Off to Sleep with This Bedtime Playlist

It’s no secret that a good night’s sleep is crucial to having a great morning. But sometimes you can’t help but lie in bed and think of the eight zillion things you have to do tomorrow or that rude thing your brother said when he was “just kidding.” If your head feels full, popping on a soothing playlist is a great way to empty it. This bedtime playlist is filled with songs that feel like the ultimate cozy comforter and cool pillow combination.

The vibe of this playlist is sleepy, ambient, and a little bit moody.

If you’re still feeling a little keyed up, there’s a simple and effective breathing technique to help you fall asleep called the 4-7-8 method. This technique activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps calm the body and reduce anxiety, creating a conducive state for sleep. It’s also been shown to decrease heart rate and blood pressure, preparing the body for rest. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Position Your Tongue: Place your tongue toward the roof of your mouth, with the tip touching the back of your front teeth.
  2. Exhale Fully: Start by exhaling deeply through your mouth, making a whooshing sound.
  3. Inhale for 4 Counts: Breathe in quietly through your nose for four counts.
  4. Hold for 7 Counts: Hold your breath for seven counts, without straining.
  5. Exhale for 8 Counts: Exhale slowly through your mouth for eight counts, making the whooshing sound.
  6. Repeat: Repeat this cycle three more times.

Still need help falling asleep? We’ve got you covered. Check out our tips for clearing the mental to-do for a better night’s sleep for more ideas on how to prep yourself for a restful night.

We hope you like this soothing bedtime playlist. Let us know what songs you’d like included on the next Morning, Human! playlist in the comments below, and follow us on Spotify for more.

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