Jan 162012
music to sleep to

Sleep deprivation can negatively affect your brain and cognitive function, and negatively affect your health, ability to function, relationships, and nearly every aspect of your life. If you are having problems getting to sleep or staying asleep, or find it difficult to stay asleep long enough to feel fully rested, there are many ways to help yourself sleep better.

If you must sleep odd hours because of shift work, have a new baby, or find it necessary to sleep when the rest of the world is awake and making too much noise, an investment in some tools to help you sleep may make all the difference in your quality of life.


Listening to quiet, repetitive music may help you to fall asleep. Taste in music, like all other tastes, is yours alone, and it may take a little experimentation to discover what music make you sleep well. The music should be something you enjoy, but you should not enjoy it enough that it makes you want to dance. Quietly singing along to a tune that you have memorized can be soothing, but if you find that it is stimulating, choose a different song.


Research has shown other sounds to be beneficial to sleep, relaxation, and mood. Traditional Chinese Medicine has used the meridian points of the body for millennia to heal the body, and recent research has shown that the meridian points can be used without needles by using sound. Recent discoveries have also shown that the mind has much more control over the body than previously thought, and former skeptics are discovering that these newer modalities are increasing their quality of life by helping them to heal and to overcome stress.


Personal Sleep Sound Machine

AcousticSheep SP4BM SleepPhones v.4 lets you sleep with your music or sounds while allowing your partner to not hear it. Earphones work great, but are uncomfortable to sleep in, so these comfortable earphones are designed by a family physician to hold the thin removable speakers. Drown out your partner’s snoring with your choice of sounds are compatible with almost any music source, including your iPod or MP3 player, with a standard 1/8 inch (3.5 mm) headphone mini-jack. You can adjust the placement of the microphones to be directly over your ears to completely drown out other noise or near your ears for an ambient sound. Listen to music, nature sounds, binaural beats, the Delta Sleep System, or any other sounds that help you to sleep. It is easy to place the 4 foot cord in a position so that you will not get tangled in it overnight, and the super-thin mics let you sleep on your side without hurting your ears. The microphones can be removed so that you can machine wash the soft fleece headband. The SleepPhone is sewn and assembled in the USA and has a 6 month warranty. The AcousticSheep SP4BM SleepPhones v.4 is about $40, and comes in black or lavender.

AcousticSheep SP4BM SleepPhones v.4 – Earset – Retail Packaging – Black avliable also in Lavender


iPod Compatible Music Systems for Sleep

Bose SoundDock Series II is a Digital Music System is Apple-certified to be compatible with any iPhone or any iPod that has a click wheel, so your music investment can do double duty day and night. This new design features Bose technology and quality sound with an updated, sleek style. Play music from an MP3 player, DVD, or CD and hear your music like you may never have heard it before. It charges your iPod as it plays, so you can listen without running your battery down. Navigate your playlist, adjust volume, seek tracks, and turn it on and off with the remote control. This small system will fit in any room, and has a volume control on the front for when the remote is nearby. Listen to music with finer control, even at low volume. The Bose SoundDock Series II is offered in black or silver, and costs about $250.

Bose SoundDock Series II Digital Music System for iPod (Black) avaliable also on Silver


 Sony ICF-C7IP Clock Radio for iPod and iPhone with Hidden Sliding Dock Tray

Sony ICF-C7IP Clock Radio lets you use the features of your iPod and iPhone with a charging dock so that your battery will not run down. It is compatible with most iPod models and iPad models up to 3G. Set dual alarms and wake or fall asleep to your iPod, iPhone, buzzer, radio, AM/FM with 15 presets, or CD. The alarms have individual volume sets so you can set one alarm to softly awaken you to your favorite CD and the other alarm as a loud buzzer to prevent oversleeping. The remote control gives you access to all of your iPod or iPhone music from across the room while being able to read the large LCD display. The battery back up keeps the time in the event the power flashes off. The Sony ICF-C7IP Clock Radio is about $66.
Sony ICF-C7IP Clock Radio for iPod and iPhone with Hidden Sliding Dock Tray


Mood Enhancement and Healing Sounds for Sleep

Dr. Jeffrey Thompson is a holistic healer who has experimented with sound to balance acupuncture meridians, perform spinal and cranial adjustments, and normalize organ function. He created these musical soundtracks with sound frequency patterns to entrain brainwaves. Dr. Thompson is also a musician and composer whose methods of sound healing music was one of the top alternative healing modalities in the 1990s. He has worked with Deepak Chopra, Bernie Siegel, and several of the other most well-known alternative healers and self improvement experts, and his work is used in hospitals for pre-surgery and post-surgery, and in cancer centers and clinics. Dr. Thompson has appeared on many TV shows and in many magazines and newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal, and Fortune 500 companies and businesses from healthcare to wellness spas have used his high-tech music for relaxation, meditation, healing, learning, and creativity.

The Delta Sleep System is  Binaural beats are subliminal sounds that stimulate your brain by slightly varying the tones played into each ear. Binaural beats have been known since the mid 1800s to induce relaxation, increase focus, stimulate creativity, reduce pain and stress, help meditation, and otherwise positively influence mood and the state of mind.

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Steven Halpern is a composer and recording artist who produces music that has created a paradigm shift in healing music. Keyboard magazine recognized Halpern as an influential artist in how music is composed, marketed, and listened to, and he is the standard of the healing music genre. He has been featured on many TV shows, including Oprah and 20/20, and his works are used in the healing arts for health centers, healing centers, spas, hospitals, and by corporations in healing centers.



Soothing Music for Sleep

The corres are an Irish pop rock/traditional Celtic folk music band of three sisters and their brother. The Corrs were featured in the Summer Olympics held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA in 1996, have toured with Celine Dion, and are active in philanthropic activities.




Enyais an Irish musical group which features mostly the multi talented Enya herself, but also a producer and a lyricist who writes her songs in many languages, except Irish. On most songs, Enya creates her trademark sound by layering her voice as many as 80 times, and performing all of the percussion and instruments, for most of which she uses a synthesizer. She has won four Grammy Awards and one Academy Award nomination.



Loreena McKennitt is soprano vocalist, composer, pianist, and accordionist from Canada whose musical influences include Celtic, Folk, World and Middle Eastern. McKennitt is a highly merited citizen of Canada for her philanthropic work, and has won two Juno Awards, a Grammy Award, a Canadian Lifetime Achievement Award, and several honorary bachelor and doctorate degrees. Before she composes a new album, she travels to do in depth research of the album concept, including the history, culture, folklore, and geography of the country of origin.


Sarah Brightman is an multinational award winning star and soprano vocalist of a three-octave range, who is a cross-over classical, pop, rock, operatic pop, and disco artist. She sings in at least ten languages and is also an actress, dancer, and songwriter.






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Dec 212011
How to go to Sleep | How to Fall Asleep on Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve is one of the most exciting night of the year, but also one of the most difficult nights to sleep. Between getting the children calmed down even enough to think about going to bed, making your guests comfortable, and preparing everything for the occasion, it can also be the most stressful night of the year. With a little planning, you can make sure the whole household is ready to go to sleep in a timely manner and have the best Christmas ever. Continue reading »

Nov 252011
pillows-lotsBest pillow for sleeping

Most people spend about a third of their life sleeping, but many do not get the most out of their sleep. Choosing the Best Pillows for Sleeping is important to good sleep, and the pillow must be both comfortable and provide anatomically correct alignment for your head, neck, and spine.

Most pillows are designed for people who sleep on their backs, but are uncomfortable for side sleepers or people who sleep on either their back or sides. By choosing a pillow that is designed for sleeping on either your side or back, you may sleep more comfortably through the night. Continue reading »

Nov 212011
Essinsial Oils for sleep

When you are having problems getting enough sleep, trying a few drops of diluted essential oils or a blend of essential oils for sleep can help you drift off to sleep without depending on a sleep prescription or over-the-counter sleep aid. You can either dilute the essential oil according to a recipe and use it in a diffuser, or apply it to a cotton ball and place it near your head on your pillow. Continue reading »

Nov 212011
aromatherapy diffusers

Sleep experts recommend making your bedroom as comfortable and sleep inducing as possible. Shutting off electronic items such as televisions, computers, and mobile phones and completely darkening your room are just some of the measures you can take an hour or so before bedtime. When these are not enough to induce sleep, you might consider aromatherapy diffusers for better sleep. Continue reading »

Nov 102011
Marpac 980 Sound Conditioner White Noise Machine

Being disturbed in the middle of the night by noisy neighbors and housemates can interfere with your healthy sleep cycle. And when you are trying to go to sleep, the relative quiet can make every sound seemed louder. There are several machines on the market to help cover up the noise, but if you prefer the sounds of a fan without being chilled by the breeze from the fan, the Sound Conditioner SleepMate White Noise Machine can be an effective solution. It creates a soothing and consistent sound of white noise, and sounds like a perfectly designed and maintained fan. Unlike many sound machines, the Marpac 980 produces the sound originally, so there is no need for annoying loops. It is effective at covering up background noise including noise from neighbors, blaring TVs and stereos, a snoring partner or housemate, and street sounds. It has padding on the bottom to prevent vibrations. Continue reading »

Nov 102011
Sound Spa Relaxation Sound Machine

While many people choose to go to the doctor for a prescription sleep aid when they are having problems sleeping, there are much safer and more economical solutions. One of the most economical solutions is the HoMedics SS-2000 Sound Machine, which costs less than a typical prescription sleep medication. It is designed for people who have trouble going to sleep, or staying asleep all night due to noise. With six natural sounds to choose from, it is likely that one will be soothing for you. The sounds include the ocean, rain, rain forest, summer night, waterfall, and heartbeats. Continue reading »

Nov 102011
How to go to sleep | Aromatherapy Can Help You SLeep Better

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is a form of integrated or alternative medicine that uses an aromatic compounds to alter the mind and mood, and improve the cognitive function and health of its user. Aromatherapy works both psychologically and physiologically to reduce stress, provide headache relief, improve sleep, boost mood, regulate hormones, relax muscles, improve the immune system, improve blood circulation, and heal skin diseases. Aromatherapy has been used for at least nineteen hundred years by countless cultures.


Benefits of Aromatherapy

Scientific research at leading universities in Japan and the United States has shown that aromatherapy has therapeutic benefits. Aromatherapy in itself does not cure any condition, but it does help the body to restore balance and cure itself by reducing stress and improving immune response. There are two ways in which aromatherapy works. The aroma influences your brain and limbic system when you inhale. The other is by working synergistically with your body to overcome stress, allowing your body to naturally heal itself.


When you sleep better, everything in your life seems better. The everyday stresses of life are manageable when you get enough sleep, and your body is able to heal itself and your entire body functions better. Aromatherapy is an effective part of a comprehensive plan to improve your sleep quality.


Aromatherapy materials, like any bioactive substance, should not be used by pregnant and lactating women. There is a chance that the oils can interact with medications or can cause allergic reactions. It is best to try a dab on your skin to test for allergies. Very few essential oils can be swallowed, so do so only under the advice of a competent aromatherapist or naturopathic physician. Keep these substances out of the reach of children.


Can Aromatherapy Help You Fall Asleep?

Aromatherapy has long been used to induce sleep and to increase the quality of sleep. It is much safer than prescription medications, and rarely has side effects. It may take some experimentation to see what works for you, since some aromas are calming for one person but relaxing for another person, and odors that you do not like will generally not bring about good results, or may take time to bring about the desired results.

Aromatherapy Oils for Sleep and Stress Relief

Aromatherapists are trained to know the effects of all the essential oils, and the following ingredients have long been used to bring about calmness, overcome stress, soothe nerves, bring about relaxation, prevent insomnia, and ease migraines. Look for professional blends with one or several of these ingredients:


Aromatherapy for Insomnia

  • bassilicum (Ociumum bassilicum),
  • bergamot (Citrus aurant bergamia),
  • citronella (Cymbopogon winterianus),
  • coriander (Coriandrum sativum),
  • cumin (Cuminum cyminum L),
  • lavender, (Lavendula angustifolia), (there are many varieties of lavender oil, all with different aromas and the same name. Lavender essential oil can be used directly on skin for burns.)
  • mandarin (Citrus reticulata), especially good for children
  • marjoram (Oreganum majorana),
  • melissa (Melissa officinalis),
  • petitgrain or bitter orange (Petitgrain bigarde, or Citrus x aurantium leaves),
  • ravensara (Ravensara aromatica),
  • rose geranium (Pelargonium capitatum x radens),
  • spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi), and
  • valerian root (Valeriana fauriei),


Aromatherapy for Stress

  • balsam (Myroxylon pereira),
  • bassilicum,
  • bergamot,
  • blue tansy (Tanacetum annuum),
  • citronella,
  • cistus or rock rose (Cistus landaniferus),
  • juniper (Juniperus communis),
  • lavender
  • melissa,
  • orange (Citrus sinensis),
  • peppermint (Mentha piperita),
  • Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis),
  • rose geranium (Pelargonium odorantissium),
  • clary sage (Salvia sclarea), and
  • sandalwood (Santalum spicatum)


Aromatherapy for Calming Emotions

  • bergamot,
  • cedar,
  • citronella,
  • cistus,
  • coriander (Coriandrum sativum),
  • cypress (Cupressus sempervirens),
  • German chamomile (blue chamomile) (Metricaria recutica),
  • jasmine (Jasmine grandiflorum),
  • lavender,
  • mandarin,
  • Roman chamomile,
  • May Chang,
  • melissa,
  • neroli,
  • orange,
  • peppermint (Pelargonium tomentosum),
  • rosalina (Melaleuca ericifolia),
  • rose (Morrocan, Otto or Bulgarian) (Rosa damascena),
  • clary sage,
  • Saint John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum),
  • sandalwood (Osyris lanceolata),
  • valerian, and
  • ylang-ylang (Cananga odorata)


Aromatherapy for Nerves

  • bassilicum,
  • cedar,
  • geranium (Pelargonium graveolens),
  • jasmine (for nervous fatigue),
  • juniper (for nervous strain),
  • marjoram,
  • May Chang (Litsea cubeba),
  • orange,
  • patchouli (Pogostemon cablin),
  • petitgrain oil (for nervous exhaustion),
  • penny royal (Mentha pulegium), and
  • ylang-ylang (Cananga odorata) aka “poor man’s jasmine”


Aromatherapy for Exhaustion

  • neroli (Citrus aurantium blossoms),


Aromatherapy for Relaxation

  • angelica (Angelica archangelica roots),
  • Canada balsam,
  • cistus,
  • jasmine,
  • lavender,
  • patchouli,
  • penny royal (Mentha pulegium),
  • Roman chamomile,
  • rose,
  • vanilla (Vanilla planifolia), and
  • vetiver root (Vetiveria zizanoides)


Aromatherapy for Migraines

  • clove,
  • marjoram,
  • melissa, and
  • mentha or peppermint

Different Types of Aromatherapy Products

Aromatherapy materials may include absolutes which use ethanol to extract oil, essential oils which are extracted with steam distillation or solvents, herbal distillates (hydrosols) which are liquid byproducts of distillation, infusions which are liquid extracts, or vaporized raw herbs which are crushed and used in vaporizers.

Aromatherapy Sleep Mask

An aromatherapy sleep mask can be used hot or cold to help alleviate headaches, migraines, sinusitis, and stress. They are excellent for air travel to help you sleep on the plane or to take a nap when it is still light outside.


Aromatherapy Oils

Essential oils should, almost without exception, be diluted with a carrier oil before applying to your skin or adding to a mask or diffuser. Good carrier oils will have almost no scent and include grapeseed oil and jojoba oil. You can mix your own, or choose from professionally created mixtures. Professionally created mixtures can be the best and most economical choice since most aromatherapy blends have at least 6 to 10 ingredients, so making your own could become a large investment. If you have little experience with essential oils, it would be beneficial to try a few professional aromatherapy oil blends to get an idea of what you really like and respond to before venturing into mixing your own. Just like with baking, sometimes an aroma that you do not prefer by itself blends wonderfully with other ingredients.


Inexpensive brands use inferior ingredients and synthetic ingredients that do not perform well in aromatherapy blends, and have no proven benefits. Essential oils should always list the scientific, Latin botanical name on the bottle and be 100% pure botanical ingredients or 100% essential oils. For example: Pelargonium odorantissium. The ingredient “parfum” is not natural nor an essential oil and should not be heated or used in a diffuser.


Organically grown oils that are certified by the USDA or the appropriate governing authority are not only easier on the environment, but provide more benefits because they have been grown with a full range of nutrients, not just the typical nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium applied to conventional crops. Unless the label bears the green USDA symbol, any statement of “organic” is not authentic.


The Food Chemical Codex, or FCC, is the regulatory agency for essential oils. Its regulations do not guarantee that even the label “food grade” is made of natural products. To be suitable for aromatherapy benefits, depending on the country, oils are to be labeled “therapeutic grade.”


Aromatherapy Pillow Mist

Just before you go to bed, spray your pillow with a few pumps of pillow mist on your pillow, bedding, and pajamas. Choose a single ingredient or a mixture which is relaxing and sleep inducing for you. You will be surrounded with calming and soothing aromas all night and awake more refreshed.


Aromatherapy Diffusers

The popularity of natural fragrances has prompted manufacturers to develop many ways to diffuse aromas into all the spaces of our lives, including our home, car and work.


There are many battery operated or electric models, and these can effectively diffuse aromas into an entire room. Simply put a few drops of aromatherapy oil on a pad, and the heat diffuses the aromas into the air. When the pads becomes darkened or you want to change aromas, replace the pad.


For small areas such as a desktop or nightstand, an efficient way to disperse calming aromas without the need for batteries, fire, or electricity is a reed diffuser. You simply fill up the bottle with diluted essential oils, insert the cap, and insert the reeds. Once a week, flip the reeds so that the opposite end is up.


To keep you in a good mood while driving, try a diffuser that plugs into your cigarette lighter. Choose a calming or invigorating essential oil or blend, not one that puts you to sleep.


Aromatherapy Candles

Typical candles contain lead wicks and petroleum products. Opting for natural candles from beeswax or soy is a healthier alternative. Aromatherapy candles are most effectively used to warm an essential oil that is in a dish above the candle, since it takes large amounts of essential oils to scent the wax.


Price Range of Aromatherapy Products

Aromatherapy products, like most any product, follows the old adage of, “You get what you pay for.” Big box stores, department stores, and grocery stores in general sell only inferior products. When you are shopping, and you see a shelf with every bottle of essential oil at the same price, it is a good indication that they are all of poor quality.


The use of only common names on bottles should be an indication that the oils are of poor quality, since common names typically apply to several plants, each of which has varying properties and uses. High quality essential oils are taken from different plants and different parts of the plant, different countries, and have different extraction methods, and all of these should be listed on the bottle or accompanying literature. Aromatherapy oils have widely varying prices, and they should. For example, a bottle of quality lavender oil that is extracted from an entire plant does not cost nearly as much to produce as a bottle of rose petal essential oil, which takes several pounds of fresh blossoms.

Nov 072011
How to go to sleep | Best sound machine

What is a Sound Machine?

A sound machine creates background noise so that other noises are not so audible or perceivable, allowing you to ignore noises that keep you awake or wake you up during the night. Your sleep quality can have a dramatic impact on your quality of life, and being kept awake or being awakened during the night by a snoring partner, street noise, or noisy neighbors is not conducive to good sleep. A white noise machine or sound machine can help you to sleep by giving you a constant low noise to cover up other noise so that you can go to sleep and stay asleep. Continue reading »