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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 July 8, 2020

18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

1. Understand Yourself Better

Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

2. Keep Track of Small Changes

I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

3. Become Aware of What Matters

As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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4. Boost Creativity

The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

6. Process Life Experiences

When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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7. Stress Relief

In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

8. Provide Direction

Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

9. Solve Problems

Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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10. Find Relief From Fighting

Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

11. Find Meaning in Life

Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

12. Allow Yourself to Focus

Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

14. Let the Past Go

I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

15. Allow Freedom

Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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16. Enhance Your Career

Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

18. Catalog Your Life for Others

No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

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