I’ve always kind of had a hard time falling asleep at night, and when I went to third shift at my last job, dear god, did it get even worse. So I began doing what I used to do in my final years of high school and into college: leaving ambient music on. I know, it’s not revolutionary, but you know what? I’m sleeping better now, and my Fitbit tracker proves it!
Now, a lot of these run really long (like, 10 hours?), so you may just want to listen to snippets of them, or start a playlist on YouTube or wherever like I did. Or be my guest and click on the videos below? Whatever floats your boat, I suppose.
So I’m that weird person who hasn’t watched much Game of Thrones, but I find the soundtracks incredibly soothing.
Please refer to my last “On rotation …” for why Kawai Kenji is on here. God, he’s so amazing.
I feel kind of boujie including this coffee shop video, but it’s helped me write for hours before. So there.
The video below is actually the first ambiance that helped me fall asleep. It doesn’t hurt that it’s one of my favorite video games of all time. See also: “Vigil“.
When it comes to nature sounds, I usually go for rain or ocean waves, but the connection I had to Dragon Age: Inquisition was enough for me to include this on my ambient playlist.
For me, any old rain sounds will do, but I like the visuals with this video.
If there is anything that will almost immediately put me to sleep, it’s Tibetan singing bowls. I can’t explain it; it just happens.
Vangelis is a freaking composer god and can do no wrong, so with rain added behind his music, this is pretty much perfect.
And finally, Fallout 4. I’ve actually let the game play in the background as I try to fall asleep more times than I can count.
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