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It is not wrong to say that everybody loves music, no matter what age they are. In fact, music has been used as an alternate form of treatment to heal people. And not to forget, the rhythm which just makes it impossible to stop listening to one particular song. We have all had days where we have wanted to listen to this one song, on loop and even fall asleep listening to it. Or for some, a little light music right before bedtime relaxes them and helps them sleep better. But is this habit really safe?

According to studies, your habit of listening to music before sleeping or eventually falling asleep with the earbuds in your ear poses a lot of danger. While there is no claim that it is killing you but your quality sleep is getting compromised. For a long time, it has often been believed that music, with its soothing quality, can actually help you sleep better. But we forget that our body has its own circadian rhythm to follow and by inducing in artificial sounds, we are forcing the body to depend on something else. This habit of regularly falling asleep to music is actually unhealthy for you in the long run.

One big reason why our sleep is getting compromised is because we listen to the music on our phones all the time and practically, our phones are never away, even when we are resting. They are forcing our brains to stay active all the time and not get the rest it needs.

When you actually do listen to music and do end up falling asleep to it, your brain does not entirely shut off. The part of the brain which is responsible for interaction and reception stays unconscious but does not actually get the rest and you end up waking up in the middle of the night or worst, humming the song in your sleep. Getting wakeful bouts of sleep and not the peaceful 8 hours can also elevate your heart rate, out of the normal range and this is very unhealthy.

It is also possible that you develop a constant, buzzing noise the next morning when you wake up and it takes a long time to go away. It might seem like nothing but it is actually the side effect of plugging in earphones after you go to bed which pains the inner eardrum and makes this weird noise. Therefore, if you have this habit, you should know that you are doing more than just causing damage to your ear.

Not to forget, there are also other dangers you are putting yourself at, especially if you like to keep the volume at a high level. The risks might be minor but you do definitely don’t want to risk it.

The earbuds may not fit in the ear correctly and the added pressure may actually cause skin necrosis. With something in your ear, the wax can also build up, which is not just unhygienic but can block your hearing as well.

So, should you stop listening to music?
Getting safe and sound sleep every night without fail should always be a priority. If music is actually helping you sleep, there is no need to let go of this habit altogether but requires you to make smart choices so that your health isn’t compromised. Keep the phone far away from the bed and listen to the tunes on the radio at a reduced volume, which doesn’t interrupt your body’s natural sleeping pattern.

Also, it is important to remember that music will lift your mood and put you to sleep but it won’t actually help you to reach deeper levels of sleep. So, there is no need to depend on “peaceful, relaxing” tunes that promise to make you fall asleep in a short time! Instead, cultivate healthy habits and a lifestyle which can automatically help you sleep better.