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36 Songs That Will Put You To Sleep

36 Songs That Will Put You To Sleep

It’s bedtime. You’re in your jammies, teeth brushed, tucked in tight, ready for sleep, but now you’re tossing and turning because you just can’t turn your brain off. Well, here are 36 songs that are sure to turn those to do lists into zzz’s.

1. Leave This Behind by Lovelier Other

“I know I can feel you here.” A lovely tune that’s like floating on a calm wave into sweet dreamland.

2. Small Parade by Tobin Sprout

“They’re resting tonight. Alright.” Rest with them and count the parade floats like sheep.

3. No One’s Gonna Love You by Band of Horses

“No one is ever gonna love you more than I do.” Do like the Band of Horses. Brush your teeth and jump into bed.

4. Holocene by Bon Iver

“Saying nothing, that’s enough for me.” Lie there and let Bon Iver sing you into the magnificence of the dream world.

5. How to Lie by Twist

“All this time, you could have been mine.” Take a lesson from Twist’s slumber tune. Don’t let your worries keep you up!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6mshfWuz18&list=PLpRbFFqx6ns7DaTYv5z3O_pynJGrvS84f

6. Waterbirds by Tennis

“Sleeping deep in the brush, the night brings the hush.” A tropical sort of lullaby from Colorado duo, Tennis.

7. Falling Down by Scarlett Johansson

“I’ve come 500 hundred miles just to see a halo.” Fall down into your pillow with Scarlett’s lovely voice.

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8. Halo by Beyoncé

“Standing in the light of your halo, I’ve got my angel now.” Let Beyoncé and the angels rock you to sleep with this one.

9. Song for Zula by Phosphorescent

“Some say love is a burning thing, that it makes a fiery ring.” This sleep song will keep you toasty warm as you drift into slumber.

10. Comes and Goes by Greg Laswell

“This one’s for the lonely, the ones that seek and find.” And it’s also for the sleepy.

11. Angels by The xx

“The end comes too soon, I’m dreaming of angels.” A sleep song to bring angels to your dreams too.

12. Sad Dream by Sky Ferreira

“Only ever in dreams I wrap my arms around you.” Leave your sad dreams behind and let go into sleep.

13. Melt Your Heart by Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins

“It’s bound to melt your heart one way or another.” So, let it melt you into dreamland.

14. I Know Places by Lykke Li

“The highs won’t hurt you there, babe.” A sleep song to take you to places of sweet dreams.

15. When the Sun Goes Down by Steffaloo

“Just like flowers don’t know what to do.” When the sun goes down, listen to sleep songs, like Steffaloo’s.

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16. Tell Me by Taken by Trees

“Why not take me me all the way to July.” Even if it’s winter, you can go there in your sleep.

17. I Wanted You to Stay by Summer Heart

“I wanted you to stay on the other side.” Don’t stay there in sleep for too long, but for the whole night through at least.

18. Gypsy by Suzanne Vega

“Hold me like a baby that will not fall asleep.” This sleep song is like a bedtime story.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LW1eIjHvDg

19. It’s Hard to Kill a Bad Thing by Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan

Just some sweet instrumentals good for cozy cuddling.

20. If You Can’t Sleep by She & Him

“I’ll be there in your dreams if you can’t sleep at all.” A lovely lullaby from indie duo, Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward.

21. Don’t Get Hung Up In Your Soul by Richard Hawley

“Don’t let ’em make your heart grow old.” Take it from Richard Hawley and don’t let your hang ups keep you up.

22. Samson by Regina Spektor

“He ate a slice of Wonderbread and went right back to bed.” Even if it takes a midnight snack, get right back to bed.

23. Lies by Races

“I’m living in a lie to feel closer to you.” An acoustic sleep song to bring you closer to slumber.

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24. Á la Claire Fontaine by N. Porebski, L. Descamps, and Les Petits Minous

“Il y a longtemps que je t’aime, jamais je ne t’oublierai.” A French tune from The Painted Veil soundtrack to lull you to sleep.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TYP7VsZ7jg

25. Tangled and Wild by Oh Susanna

“Run away with me won’t you. It don’t matter where we go.” Close your eyes and you can go anywhere with the music.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppkdaZHcb-0

26. Blonde on Blonde by Nada Surf

“It’s a lullaby from a giant golden radio.” A lullaby that will rock you to sleep.

27. I Do Sing for You by Majical Cloudz

“Of course I do and I love to.” A Leonard Cohen-esque serenade for dreamers.

28. Florida by Luke Temple

“Whatever it is that makes you not trust your mind.” Don’t let it keep you up at night.

29. One Half by Julianna Barwick

“I guess I was asleep that night.” A song for the blurred lines between sleep and barely awake.

30. Homage by Feist featuring Timber Timbre

“There is a seam between the breath and the staired descent.” Let your breath be your guide into slumber.

31. Here With Me by Dido featuring Enya

“I won’t go, I won’t sleep, I can’t breathe.” What’s a sleepy playlist without Dido and Enya?

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32. Green Eyes by Coldplay

“I came here to talk. I hope you understand.” Another classic sleep time playlist artist, Coldplay.

33. Cuddle Alone by She Keeps Bees

“We were sleeping in silence. We were laughing at our fate.” No one should cuddle alone, but in case you are, here’s a little tune to keep you company.

34. Forever by Ben Harper

“I won’t let my forever roam.” It may seem like it’s taking forever to get to sleep, but this sleep song will make it less so.

35. Waiting by Alice Boman

“Haven’t had a dream in a long time.” If you’re waiting for sleep, here’s another sleep song for you.

36. The Girl by City and Colour

“I’m off chasing my own dreams.” Even if you have to chase the sheep, listen to this City and Colour tune while you’re at it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFSbuM1Vym8

If you still need some help drifting off to sleep, here are 10 unconventional (but great) sleeping tips you’ve probably never heard.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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