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On The Table Read Magazine, “the best entertainment magazine in the UK“, we check out a playlist of the best songs for a good nights sleep so you can get more rest at night!

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Do you ever hit the pillow at night, wide awake and staring at the ceiling? Counting sheep just not cutting it anymore? You’re not alone. Millions of people struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep throughout the night. But before you reach for the melatonin gummies (or that third cup of chamomile tea!), there’s a natural solution that might surprise you: music!

Studies have shown that listening to calming music before bed can significantly improve sleep quality. The right tunes can lull you into a relaxed state, quiet your mind, and prepare your body for a restful night’s slumber. So, ditch the blue light of your phone and put down that mystery novel with the heart-pounding plot twist.

A new study conducted by bedroom furnishings experts Bed Kingdomused Spotify’s Playlist Miner tool to determine the top featured songs and artists across just under 10,000 playlists. The search used keywords such as ‘sleep,’ ‘bedtime,” and ‘tired’ – revealing the ultimate bedtime playlist.  

Best Songs For A Good Nights Sleep

1. Apocalypse - Cigarettes After Sex 

Securing the number one position is Cigarettes After Sex with their popular track ‘Apocalypse,’ which appeared an impressive 623 times across the sleep-themed playlists.  

The ethereal and calming ambience of the song has made it a go-to choice for those seeking a wistful song before bedtime. 

The song rose to popularity in 2022 following its popularity on TikTok and now has over 1 billion Spotify streams, where many are using its calming tones to get a good night’s sleep.  

2. Sparks - Coldplay 

Coldplay is clearly a popular choice when creating a calming and sleepy atmosphere, as they appeared six times across the full ranking. However, their melodic song ‘Sparks’ ranked as the second sleepiest song.  

The song creates a comforting and calming vibe for listeners and has proven a popular choice for those seeking a soothing atmosphere to ease into sleep.  

Additionally, ‘Yellow, ‘ ‘ The Scientist, ‘ ‘Fix You, ‘ ’A Sky Full of Stars, ‘ and ‘Sparks’ all appeared among the top sleepiest songs – so be sure to add these classic relaxing tunes to any bedtime playlists.  

3. Je te laisserai des mots - Patrick Watson 

Enjoy the comforting feeling of a note from a loved one with Patrick Watson’s ‘Je te laisserai des mots,’ a heartfelt melody that takes the third spot on the curated bedtime playlist. This song appeared 472 times, making it another popular choice. The melodic piano tune mixed with beautiful French lyrics makes it the perfect song to fall asleep to.    

4. The Night We Met - Lord Huron 

Lord Huron’s, ‘The Night We Met,’ was featured 460 times across the playlist data. The song creates a bittersweet ambience with its calming vocals and emotional depth – making it the perfect choice for those seeking a sleep-inducing lullaby. 

5. My Love Mine All Mine - Mitski 

Mitski’s ‘My Love Mine All Mine’ secures the fifth position with 379 appearances. The viral TikTok sound brings listeners a feeling of relaxed melancholy. 

6. Fourth of July - Sufjan Stevens 

Sufjan Stevens’ folk track ‘Fourth of July,’ takes the sixth spot, offering a feeling of richness with its layered sound. Appearing 371 times, this song creates a cinematic and emotional experience for its listeners.  

7. Romantic Homicide - d4vd 

d4vd’s ‘Romantic Homicide’ offers a more alternative, indie sound to sleep to, securing the seventh position, with 365 appearances. This experimental track feels hypnotic with its blend of beats and ambient textures – it is sure to have you snoozing in no time.   

8. i was all over her - Salvia Palth 

Salvia Palth’s intimate lo-fi track ‘i was all over her’ claims the eighth spot, with 348 appearances. This raw and unfiltered track creates a warm and nostalgic feeling, making it another great choice fall asleep to.  

9. Sunsetz - Cigarettes After Sex 

Cigarettes After Sex returns with ‘Sunsetz,’ securing the ninth spot. This dreamy track, featured 345 times, creates a serene atmosphere, perfect for winding down and preparing for night-time. 

10. rises the moon - Liana Flores 

Liana Flores’ ‘rises the moon’ rounds out the top 10, offering calming and introspective vibes. With 343 appearances, this reflective track will help listeners get a great night’ sleep. 

Top 20 Most Popular Songs to Fall Asleep To: 

            Rank           Song            Total Appearances in Playlist Search 
          1         Apocalypse – Cigarettes After Sex         623 
          2         Sparks – Coldplay         525 
          3         Je te laisserai des mots – Patrick Watson         472 
          4         The Night We Met – Lord Huron         460 
          5         My Love Mine All Mine – Mitski         379 
          6         Fourth of July – Sufjan Stevens         371 
          7         Romantic Homicide – d4vd         365 
          8         i was all over her – Salvia Palth         348 
          9         Sunsetz – Cigarettes After Sex         345 
          10         rises the moon – Liana Flores         343 
          11         Daddy Issues – The Neighbourhood         323 
          12         Yellow – Coldplay         307 
          13         K. – Cigarettes After Sex         302 
          14         I Wanna Be Yours – Arctic Monkeys         301 
          15         Space Song – Beach House         293 
          16         What Was I Made For? [From The Motion Picture “Barbie”] – Billie Eilish         292 
          17         Bubble Gum – Clairo         283 
          18         Chicago Freestyle (feat. Giveon) – Drake         273 
          19         Lights Are On – Tom Rosenthal         271 
          20         Love Me Again – V         267 

Pop sensation Billie Eilish stands out within the full ranking despite not securing a spot in the top ten. Remarkably, a total of ten songs by the artist appeared throughout the complete list. Billie’s recent popular song ‘What Was I Made For?’, featured in the widely acclaimed Barbie movie soundtrack, ranked high in 16th place – making it a top choice for any chilled playlist.  

Other Billie Eilish songs worth including in the ultimate relaxing playlist include ‘Lovely (with Khalid),’ ‘TV,’ ‘When the Party’s Over,’ and ‘Everything I Wanted.’  

Interestingly, the research also highlights the influence of TikTok on bedtime song choices. Several songs that have gained popularity on the social media platform for their calming and soothing qualities have made their way into the ultimate bedtime playlist, including ‘My Love Mine All Mine‘ by Mitski and ‘Je te laisserai des mots,’  by Patrick Watson.  

In a world filled with constant stimuli and hectic schedules, the importance of a good night’s sleep cannot be overstated. Unfortunately, research suggests insomnia is a common problem across the UK, regularly affecting around one in three people.  

Many find music to be a helpful tool to create a calming and sleepy atmosphere. Crafting the perfect bedtime playlist with these popular ‘sleepy’ songs could be the key to a serene and restful sleep environment. 

For those who struggle to relax and unwind in the evenings, a peaceful bedtime playlist could offer a soothing remedy, helping them transition from stressful thoughts to a peaceful night’s sleep.

-an expert from Bed Kingdom

Sources: The Playlist Miner – Powered by Spotify and Insomnia | NHS inform 

Methodology: Using the Playlist Miner tool, the ten key phrases below were searched; this revealed the top 500 songs within sleep and bedtime-related playlists. A total of 9,962 playlists were used. The total number of times each song and artist featured within the playlist data was collated and ranked from most featured to least. 

Searched Key Phrases: Bed, Bedtime, Night time, Late night, Sleep, Sleepy, Sleeping, Tired, Napping, Chilled 

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