Turning on your favorite music can be a great way to relax and drift off to sleep. A research team led by Dr. Jan Born of the University of Tubingen in Germany in 2013 has proven that it might be really good for your memory too.
For his research, Dr. Born monitored the sleep and brain activity of eleven different subjects. He started by teaching each of them new vocabulary words. Then, he exposed the test subjects to either sound stimulations or nothing at all and monitored their brain activity while they slept.
The subjects that had been exposed to sound stimulations were able to remember the meanings of the words that they had learned the night before better than the subjects who had not. As Science Daily explains, this happened because the low intensity music stimulated people’s slow oscillation brain rhythms while they slept.
Replicating the effects of this study in your own home is quite simple. Using one of the many low intensity noise apps that are on the market is probably the easiest way to go about generating slow oscillations in your brain activity.
This is all well and good, but hardly awe-inspiring. That’s why we love Max Richter, a German composer who recently released an eight-hour symphony designed to help listeners sleep better. The September premiere of the aptly named Sleep was performed live in Berlin. The orchestra was surrounded by over 400 beds, and listeners drifted to sleep as the music went on.
We can’t think of a better way to enjoy a symphony than falling asleep on an OSO mattress, and if there is one, we can’t remember what it is.