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Music Therapy Can Help Treat Insomnia

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Sleep is important to maintain good physical and mental health. A good night’s sleep helps restore your body and mind, which also helps with improving the memory and immune system. Having enough sleep can also affect your mood the next day. When you are sleep deprived, your body is subject to infections, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Not enough sleep can also affect your job performance, such as experiencing forgetfulness and being in a bad mood. The average adult needs about 7 to 8 hours of sleep, and more than 8 hours if you are younger. 

However, most people in today’s world face sleeping problems, in other words insomnia. Insomnia is a condition where people have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or getting a restful night’s sleep. Often, people who suffer with insomnia will turn to sleeping pills to combat the problem immediately. However, sleeping pills should be the last resort as taking these pills come with many negative side effects.

One of the many problems of sleeping pills is that they are highly addictive, and basically just mask the real problem. It can also be very dangerous when not taken with care, such as mixing them with other medication or alcohol, which can be very serious and even deadly. Prescribed sleeping pills are only meant to be taken for a few days to a few weeks only, but because they can be addictive, people tend to take them longer. Other negative side effects from taking sleeping pills long term include high blood pressure, dizziness, nausea and confusion. It can also cause bizarre behaviour such as sleepwalking, sleep binge eating and sleep driving, with the person having no recollection of those incidents happening.

One method that has effectively helped so many people to cure insomnia is music therapy. Music plays a big role in people’s lives but many have not realised its potential to help treat insomnia. It is first important to understand that insomnia is usually caused by your attitude or behaviour. If you can change your attitude or behaviour, you can then tackle your sleep disorder. And so, your mind plays a bigger role than you might think in helping treat your insomnia. The combination of music therapy and your mind is not only a cheaper alternative but a lot safer than taking medication and doesn’t come with side effects.

Music therapy uses binaural beats to stimulate your brain to a high level of relaxation, almost in a meditated state, to not only help you fall asleep but stay asleep. Binaural beats is music set to certain frequencies to stimulate a certain part of your brain that is connected to sleep. The best way to listen to music with binaural beats is by using headphones. The type of music is usually soft and relaxing, and can also come with sounds of nature such as waterfalls, birds chirping, the ocean and more. It is important to check when buying music therapy tracks that they contain binaural beats and are authentic, as fake ones will not deliver similar or effective results.



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