Bedtime Jams: Listening to These Might Help You Sleep Better

As most people know, getting some shuteye requires getting in touch with your senses. To induce sleep, you have to lower your body temperature, shut off the lights, and clear your palate for starters.

Lots of people also need to be in a quiet place to shut down. Others, however, need some soothing sounds to lull them to sleep instead. If you’re one of the latter, here are a few things that you can try listening to so you can sleep better:

A Relaxing Playlist

Lots of people listen to some quiet songs to help calm their nerves after a long day.  The best part about this is that you can create your own playlist or find some nice ones online with great ease.

There are also those who found listening to the same song over and over again to be sleep inducing. The pattern tends to help some people to unwind so it’s also a dependable ‘sleep hack’ that you can try.

ASMR Audio

Playing with the concept of the Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, ASMR Audio clips have become a relaxation phenomenon in the recent years.

What exactly is it? Technically, these audio clips trigger a “tingling sensation” that runs from your scalp to your spine. It can be very soothing that some people fall asleep to it.

These clips can have variou contents. Some features quiet sounds made by the most mundane things. They’re usually very slow, varied, and soft. Others feature whispered words or even songs. K-pop fans can find their favorite singers’ and groups’ ASMR renditions of their songs. The videos are not recommended if you want to fall asleep, though, because they can get silly and hilarious that you might not be able to doze off right away.

White Noise

Listening to white noise has been a popular sleep trick for a while now. As some people can’t really doze off when it’s too quiet out, having something running in the background has proven itself to be a great solution.

There are tons of ways how you can listen to some white noise while trying to go to sleep. Some people can easily tune in to the humming of their air-conditioning units while there are also some who like the whirring of their electric fans. The ticking of the clock can be a good choice for some people, too.

If you don’t find any of the white noise around you to be very relaxing, you can also setup some artificial sources of these sounds. Tabletop fountains are great ways to listen to moving water, for one. You can also get an actual white noise machine if you like.

Of course, you can also turn to the internet to get yourself some white noise audio clips. Choose according to what feels most soothing to you.

Bedtime Podcasts

The ease of online streaming may have done a number on traditional radio but it introduced a whole new way to broadcasting format which are podcasts. These things are a lot like radio shows except they usually tackle specific topics. They can be listened to live or downloaded to listen to at a later time.

You can find sleep-themed podcasts, too. Lots of people say they work, so you might just find them helpful.

Meditation Audio

Meditation audio clips have been around for decades already, so this one shouldn’t be surprising. They’re still available online so if you think getting your zen on will help you sleep better, give them a shot.

Audiobooks

Lots of folks read to fall asleep but if that doesn’t really work for you, you can also try listening to a calming book to get the same results. Just be very careful in selecting the title to listen to as anything too interesting or exciting might have the opposite effect.

Give these a try and you might just be able to fall asleep faster at night. Combine them with other efforts to improve your zzz’s and you might just be able to improve the overall quality of your sleep.

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How to Binge-Watch Your Favorite Shows without Damaging Your Zzz’s

With all of the amazing shows that are just waiting to be watched and the wide array of streaming services easily available today, the pull of watching a whole series in one sitting is just irresistable for many. Sadly, with all of the other things that we need to do, the first thing to go in order to squeeze in some binge watching is our sleep.

But what if we tell you that you can binge and not look like a zombie the next morning? What if there’s a way to still get some zzz’s and catch up to your favorite shows?

How? Here are a few tips:

Have Some Self-Control

Honestly, it all boils down to how much you can stop yourself to watch up to 20 episodes in one sitting. Even if you have the whole day to burn, twenty one-hour episodes will definitely take up your entire day and even eat up the time you should spend sleeping. So, if you want to ditch those spells of dizziness after an all-night binging, you should learn how to stop pressing play on the next episode.

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If you’re the type who can’t stop saying “one last episode” into the wee hours of the morning, here are some tricks to help you gain some self-control:

Set an Episode Limit

Budget your time and be okay that you won’t be able to watch the entire season in one day. If it’s a week night, you might want to stick with enough episodes that will only occupy your free time before you hit the hay. Experts say that screens should be turned off 30 minutes before bed, so maybe factor that in as well.

Turn Off the Autoplay Setting

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If you’re watching your current show in a streaming websit or app, you’ll probably fall into an endless cycle of episodes until you’ve finished the whole series or season. Without any kind of self-control, this will only leave you spending an entire day glued to your screen. So you should definitely turn off the autoplay setting.

By being able to stop between each episode, you can actually take some breaks and re-evaluate what you’re doing right now. Sometimes all you need is a pause to remember that you need to go to the bathroom or to assess if you’ll still be able to stay awake for the entirety of the next episode.

There’s nothing wrong with having to click next every after episode, because sometimes, it’s all you need to control yourself from binge watching til the sun comes up. Keep in mind that it really doesn’t matter if you don’t get to finish your show in one sitting – what happens next will still be the same whether you watch it right now or you watch it tomorrow or even next week.

By learning how to control yourself from clicking “next episode” might even help you save some time in the process because you’ll be re-watching the start of the episode again if you fell asleep halfway through, right? So just skip the hassle and stop yourself from falling asleep while binge watching with the help of a good dose of self-control.

Start Watching on Your Commute

While we’re on the topic of efficiency, why don’t you start watching your shows on your commute instead? Not only will this make the traffic more bearable, but it can also help you make more out of your time. With most of the people in Metro Manila spending up to 5 hours in traffic in a day, that will already let you dent your show’s episode list in a single day.

This will work best if you have a sizeable storage space in your device or if the app you’re using offers offline viewing. However, just make sure to still pay attention to your surrounding, even when you’re so engrossed with what you’re watching. Pause the show while walking and maybe don’t squeal and giggle with¬†kilig, as well as gasp or laugh out loud if you can help it.

Use Blue Light Controlling Apps

Although experts recommend that you don’t watch your shows in bed, we really won’t ask you to do that because we know our cozy mattresses are some of the most perfect spots for binge-watching. Especially now that bed weather’s here and we have a few long weekends scheduled, we just can’t stop you from getting cozy and enjoying a relaxed time at home.

What we’ll strongly recommend, however, is that you use blue light controlling apps instead. There are tons to choose from that will work best for almost every kind of screen so you don’t have to worry about finding one. You’ll just have to deal with some color discrepancies, though, but it shouldn’t be too bothersome, really.

Binge Watching and Sleep

Sleep and binge watching shouldn’t be mutually exclusive, you just need to take necessary steps to make both work out for you. Hopefully, with these steps, you do get to enjoy both.