I sense I’m in the minority in that I like to listen to music as I fall asleep at night. In fact, I find it difficult to fall asleep if there isn’t music playing - a silent room just seems to breed the sort of brooding over my problems that leads to a night of fitful insomnia. Music seem to draw me into the dreamlike state of imagination that’s a prelude to falling asleep.
Of course, I don’t put on something like Operation Ivy or free jazz. I’m a fan of cheesy easy listening music, so somebody like Jo Stafford or Dean Martin usually fills the bill.
Rather paradoxically, I could never fall asleep watching TV. This may have something to do with not having cable for the last 7 years, but I find TV to so overstimulate my senses that I’ll stay awake well past my bedtime if I indulge in watching late at night. Yet I know other people who routinely lull themselves to sleep in front of the tube.
Anyone want to speculate on what accounts for these differences?