Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Hush Little Baby, Brahm’s Lullaby. There’s something instantly soothing about traditional baby lullabies – and it’s no accident. These sweet melodies are sleep-inducing because they’re written to be simple, repetitious and naturally calming like womb sounds and white noise. But what does science say? In this post, we share some music and sleep studies so you can decide what’s best for your child. Also, if you share your favorite lullaby (or any song that helps your wee one sleep), you’ll be entered to win Bee Bop!
- Harmat, L., Takács, J., & Bodizs, R. (2008). Music improves sleep quality in students. Journal of advanced nursing, 62(3), 327-335. In this study, students who listened to classical music for 45 minutes at bedtime not only slept better, depressive symptoms decreased, too!
- Wang, Chun-Fang, Ying-Li Sun, and Hong-Xin Zang. “Music therapy improves sleep quality in acute and chronic sleep disorders: A meta-analysis of 10 randomized studies.” International Journal of Nursing Studies 51.1 (2014) : 51-62. This meta-analysis sought to measure how well music can alleviate acute and chronic sleep disorders by analyzing the results of ten published studies. In comparing the results across studies, the writers of the meta-analysis found that on the whole, music caused significant improvements in sleep quality.
- Tan, L. P. (2004). The effects of background music on quality of sleep in elementary school children. Journal of Music therapy, 41(2), 128-150. This study had participants listen to 45 minutes of music at naptime and bedtime. They saw significant improvements in sleep duration and sleep efficiency.
- Field, T. (1999). Music enhances sleep in preschool children. Early Child Development and Care, 150(1), 65-68. Background classical guitar music was played to preschool children at naptime on alternate days in order to assess its effect on naptime sleep onset. On the music versus no music days, the children fell asleep faster, and the toddlers faster than the preschoolers.
- Keith, D. R., Russell, K., & Weaver, B. S. (2009). The effects of music listening on inconsolable crying in premature infants. Journal of music therapy, 46(3), 191-203. This study wasn’t in regards to sleep, but it’s worth including because it found that it reduced crying in premature babies, and improved their overall health!
The exception to using music: if you have a head banger.
When you hear “headbanging” and “music” in the same sentence, you might remember that metal concert you went to in college. But when it comes to babies and kids, headbanging is the habit some children have of banging their heads against solid objects. If you have a child who bangs his head, you may notice it’s more prevalent when falling asleep or when listening to music, notes the University of Michigan Health System. That means headbanging could be exacerbated when your little one listens to music to fall asleep.
Finally, a study conducted on mice by researchers at Yale found that persistent noise can hinder brain development. Neurologist Dr Jaime Grutzendler said persistent noise of more than ten hours a day may stop blood vessels being formed in babies’ brains. “The interesting part is that the effect only occurs if you stimulate the mice at a particular age – before one month after birth, which is the equivalent of a one-to-two-year-old human.” He added: “These repetitive sounds didn’t really exist 100 years, 200 years ago. But in modern society we are exposing kids to these repetitive sounds. They are continually exposed to environmental noises, music, video games, television.” While this study was conducted on mice and not humans, it’s still pretty compelling. (Maybe a good reason to choose Cloud b sound machines? Our products have timers and shut off after either 23 or 45 minutes.)
Beebop, the cute alien Bluetooth speaker with lights that strobe to the beat! Play your favorite tunes from a personalized playlist or slow things down with the built-in lullaby (ARV $49.99)!
Cloud b’s Beebop is a musical playtime pal and a soothing bedtime buddy all in one! Utilizing Bluetooth® technology, this cute and cuddly creature plays songs from personal playlists, lighting up along with the beat. As music plays, lights glow and strobe in blue, green or red to match the tempo of the tunes. When it’s time to calm things down, Beebop can play your child’s favorite lullabies while slowly morphing through colors, or you can turn off the light effect altogether. He’s one extra special extraterrestrial!
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