Insomnia & Classical Music Music

Classical Music & Insomnia

“As the day turns into night, keep your worries out of sight.

Close your eyes and go to sleep. All your thoughts are yours to keep.”

Ideally, we sleep 1/3 of our lives on average. But how much do we know about sleep?  What are the reasons for insomnia and what is the cure?

What part does music and particularly, classical music play in sleep inducement?

A record not to attempt

The world’s record for a period without sleep is:

18 days, 21 hours, 40 minutes

However, if you aspire to break that record, be prepared for hallucinations, paranoia, and blurred vision and a host of other symptoms.

         Causes Of Insomnia

Stress

Lack of exercise

Irregular bedtime schedules

Eating too much late in the evening

Caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol

Heat

Medication

Sleep Needs

  • Women need an hour  more sleep than men
  • School-aged children  8 – 11 hours
  • Teens need about 10-hours of sleep.
  • About 10% of people suffer from sleep apnea – i.e. they stop breathing for a very short time (from a few seconds to minutes) while they sleep.

Simple Sleep Secrets

Ambiance – Keep bedroom comfortable

Distractions –  remove tv from in the bedroom

Sleep ritual – go to bed approx. same time every night

drink a glass of warm milk

-take a bath

listen to calming music

Can Music Arrest Insomnia?

Regardless of the causes, quantitative evidence strongly suggests that music, in particular, classical music, can induce sleep.

A friend of mine tells me that watching tv late at night puts him to sleep.

For others, simply reading a good book does the job.

And yet,  for others,  listening to a relaxing tone pushes our snooze button and sends us off.

Whereas, some other methods might work, “music can help people fall asleep,”  says  *Dr. Michael Breus, Ph.D. It is important, however,  to choose music with a slow beat  – approximately 60 beats per minute range.

Jules Massenet

The classical masterpiece “Meditation” from the opera Thais,  by the French composer, Jules Massenet is a good example.

If you choose music like  “Guns & Roses” instead, your chances of falling to sleep are slim.

Music-Sleep Connection

Supported by studies worldwide, this connection has no age or gender bias. Even schizophrenics and persons with chronic and short-term sleep problems have been helped.  

The Tempo Makes A Difference

In typical studies, people listen to relaxing music (such as classical)  about 45 minutes before retiring.

According to Dr. Edward R. Laworski from the Mayo Clinic,  “A normal resting heart rate for adults ranges from 60 – 100 beats a minute.”

It is not surprising then that  “Music with a rhythm of about 60-beats a minute helps people fall asleep, ” according to Dr. Breus. 

The heart -rate begins to slow-moving toward that 60-beat per minute range, as you are falling asleep. In other words, your heartbeat is “tuned” toward the sleep zone, to the slow music.

But what if classical music is not your cup of tea? No problem. There are other forms of relaxing music which clock in at 60-beats a minute.  “The better choice,” says Dr. Breus” is always music without words.”

He warns, however,  against listening to anything that evokes strong emotions, whether positive or negative, before bed.

Dr. Breus recommends listening to music in bed, but not with the use of earphones. Rather than earphones which may damage the ear canal, pillow sneakers with speakers are the ideal. Designed to allow you to comfortably listen to music in bed, the sneaker comes in a variety of prices and sizes.

“A good laugh and a long sleep  are the best cures in the doctor’s book.”Irish Proverb

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*Expert & author of the Sleep Doctors Diet Plan

Sources: WebMD/

                -Mayo clinic

              – BabaMail

               -Wikipedia

               -Harward Health Publications 7/12

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Classical Music Mysteries

Young or old, which one of us is not fascinated by an unsolved mystery or watching a thrilling suspense movie? Especially if it has a  happy ending, right?

 Similarly,  throughout the years there have been – not a few classical music mysteries –  many remaining to this day.

Music From Dead Classical Music Composers?

In 1970, Rosemary Brown, a Londoner and mediocre pianist, claimed to have had a direct communication channel with long-dead great composers.

Rosemary Brown

Apparently famous composers like Beethoven, Schumann and Bach were all lining up to dictate their works to her. Among other pieces supposedly channeled to her were Beethoven’ s  10th & 11th  symphonies.

Unlike other mediums who could, at best, improvise, Rosemary distinguished herself by actually writing down the music.

She was so gifted and convincing that she received accolades from Litz experts,  after performing classical music channeled from dead composers.

Two Skulls In A Tomb

Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809) was an Austrian composer. He was without question, one of the most important figures in classical music’s development during the 18th century.

He had been buried for only eight days when, two phrenologists, wanting to find the source of the composer’s genius, stole his head.  

The robbery was not discovered until eleven years later, when Haydn’s patron,  Prince Nicholas Esterhazy, wanted his remains transferred. Then the quick-witted phrenologists gave him a different skull to bury the body. 

In 1895, however, the real skull was found and willed to one of Vienna’s music societies.

The grand reunion between the real skull and rest of the body took place in 1954. However, the substitute skull was not removed and so there lies two skulls in a tomb.

But which one is Haydn’s and to whom does the other one belong?

That is the question.

Who murdered composer Alessandro  Stradella?

Alessandro Stradella is best remembered for his breathtakingly beautiful chamber music.

Alessandro Stradella

He had also distinguished himself by writing music for the Queen of Sweden.

Yet he lived a colorful,  but immoral lifestyle.  His embellishment of money from the church and his high-profile affairs with married women resulted in his downfall and eventual death.

After several failed attempts on his life, he was stabbed to death by an assassin in 1682.

Who done it?

The killer’s identity remains a mystery to this day.

How Did Beethoven Die?

How many of the following symptoms does one need in order to die?

  • Abdominal pain

    Ludwig von Beethoven
  • Bronchitis
  • Poor digestion
  • Deafness
  • liver damage
  • excess of fluid in the skull
  • a swollen spleen
  • a shrunken pancreas
  • lead poisoning

These, among others, were among a catalog of symptoms which may have contributed to the composer’s death.

But the actual cause of death still remains a mystery to historians and doctors.

Last Song On The Titanic               

The Unsinkable Titanic

Gallant acts of self-sacrifice, unwavering courage, and stories of bravery and heroism.

What was the last song played by the  Titanic’s musicians?

Mere words cannot describe the last moments aboard the ill-fated Titanic, during its maiden voyage in the early morning hours of April 15, 1912.  From the engine room crew to the wireless operators, it was all hands on the deck which helped to minimize the number of deaths.

From Dance To Gospel Music

However, some of the real unsung heroes were the Titanic’s musicians. This gallant band stayed on board performing until the last lifeboat was loaded.  But what was that last song that was played and why was that important?      

In the absence of conclusive evidence, the three  contenders  are:

…And the band played on…

“Nearer My God To Thee?”          

“Autumn” or

“Oh God, Our  Help In Ages Past.

But that last song played still remains a mystery.

What is also somewhat of a mystery is why the musicians chose to stay on board until all hope of rescue was gone. Yet, who can say how many lives were saved or hope restored because of the music?

One thing is certain –  eternal in the heavens lives the memory of that gallant band.

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Sources: Britannica.com

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Thoughts.com

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