My closest family was visiting for 2 weeks of February and I wanted to focus my full attention to being with them and making sure we all enjoy ourselves, so I didn’t have time or space to do any sophisticated experiments.
During that time I slept (on a borrowed airbed) in the living room where our Thonet & Vander Kurbis speakers are, so I used it as an opportunity.
I picked the simple recommendation by Justin Boreta to listen to Max Richter’s “From Sleep” album for winding-down moments. I listened to it while doing my pre-sleep reading* and also while falling asleep.
The whole “Sleep” album set consists of 8 hours of music focused on inducing good sleep, and the team included a neuroscientist.
I was listening to the shorter 1 hour version of it called “From Sleep” (and yes, I listened legally – it’s always good to support artists you like).
Despite listening to it every evening for almost 2 weeks I love love love From Sleep, and can’t recommend it enough.
Despite sleeping on an airbed, my sleep was great. And I still listen to it once or twice a week when I want to calm down. Or I just hum Path 5 – delta, which I suspect includes an angel or two singing (check it on YouTube, you’ll see what I mean).
Hell yes, this was a good one.
I don’t know how I missed this album, I like Max Richter a lot. Another great piece of his music (aside his original work) is his recomposed Four Seasons by Vivaldi. It’s one of the long-time favorites for me. You say you don’t like classical music? Or that you’re sick of Vivaldi? Give it a try, at least Spring 1 – this is how I imagined (part of) Richard Halley’s Fifth Concerto, the masterpiece described in Atlas Shrugged book.
*I was re-reading The Breaking Dawn by Paul Rosenberg, the philosopher-capitalist who is also the author of the short novel Lodging of Wayfaring Men, often called “libertarian wet dream”. Interestingly LoWM was first published in year 2002 and parts of it have come true in the meantime – bitcoin, decentralized markets, peer-to-peer business. You can read it for free here.