10 Music Videos To Help Calm You Down When You Can't Fall Asleep

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10 Popular Music Videos To Watch When You Can't Sleep (To Help You Wind Down)

Did you know that music is one of the best stress relief methods out there? Watching music videos when you are stressed out, or worse, when you can't sleep, can help your emotions lift and help you relax enough to be able to wind down and get some shut-eye.

If you listen to fast music, you will find that you can concentrate 100% better and that you feel more alert. See? Maybe watching some exciting music videos is better than your morning cup of Joe. If you watch some upbeat music videos, you will find that you have a more positive, optimistic view on life. Then, if you watch slower, calmer music videos, you will be able to clear/quiet your mind, release all of your stress so you can relax, and you will feel soothed.

Remember that when your brain is quiet, it means that your body is relaxed and calm, not sleepy. It puts you in the position to fall asleep, while staying entertained while you're waiting.

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Music videos are readily available to everyone, so it's an easy and free tool to reduce your stress and relax. Stanford University found in their study that listening to music videos changes the way the brain functions, similar to how it would work if you were on medication. So, instead of taking sleep medicine, you may want to try out some music videos and see if they reduce your stress and help you relax so that you can go to sleep. 

Some specific types of musical instruments that will help you relax and move past the massive amount of stress you have are flutes, drums, string-instruments, rain, thunder, light jazz, natural sounds and classical music.

Here are the top 10 best popular music videos to watch when you cannot sleep and need a little entertainment to help calm you down. Now, these aren't the typical sleep video playlists you see on YouTube — instead we've gathered a list of recent popular videos that are great to watch anytime, but they are relaxing enough to keep your attention until you drift off to sleep, dreaming about lost love, counting stars and fireflies.

1. Can't Sleep Love — Pentatonix

"Gimme that can't sleep love
(Gimme that can't sleep)
I want that can't sleep love
(Gimme that can't sleep)
The kind I dream about all day
The kind that keeps me up all night
Gimme that can't sleep love"
— Pentatonix, Can't Sleep Love​

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2. Counting Stars — OneRepublic

"Lately I been, I been losing sleep
Dreaming about the things that we could be
But baby I been, I been prayin' hard
Said no more counting dollars
We'll be counting stars
Yeah, we'll be counting stars"
— OneRepublic, Counting Stars​

3. Something Just Like This — The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

"But she said, where'd you wanna go?
How much you wanna risk?
I'm not looking for somebody
With some superhuman gifts
Some superhero
Some fairytale bliss
Just something I can turn to
Somebody I can kiss"
— The Chainsmokers/Coldplay, Something Just Like This​

4. How Do You Sleep? — Sam Smith

"Baby, how do you sleep when you lie to me?
All that shame and all that danger
I'm hopin' that my love will keep you up tonight
Baby, how do you sleep when you lie to me?
All that fear and all that pressure
I'm hopin' that my love will keep you up tonight
Love will keep you up tonight
(Tell me how do you)"
Sam Smith, How Do You Sleep?​

5. Fireflies — Owl City

"You would not believe your eyes
If ten million fireflies
Lit up the world as I fell asleep" — Owl City, Fireflies

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6. Say You Won't Let Go — James Arthur

"I'll wake you up with some breakfast in bed
I'll bring you coffee with a kiss on your head
And I'll take the kids to school
Wave them goodbye
And I'll thank my lucky stars for that night"
— James Arthur, Say You Won't Let Go​

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7. Stand By You — Rachel Platten

"Hands, put your empty hands in mine
And scars, show me all the scars you hide
And hey, if your wings are broken
Please take mine so yours can open too
'Cause I'm gonna stand by you
Oh, tears make kaleidoscopes in your eyes
And hurt, I know you're hurting, but so am I
And love, if your wings are broken
Borrow mine so yours can open too
'Cause I'm gonna stand by you"
— Rachel Platten, Stand By You​

8. No Sleep — Martin Garrix ft. Bonn

"I don't need no sleep
'Cause I'm already dreaming, already dreaming
Say you'll never leave
Because I love the feeling, I love the feeling
Find myself awake at night
See you through my lucid eyes
Oh, I don't need no sleep
'Cause I'm already dreaming, already dreaming"
— Martin Garrix ft. Bonn, No Sleep​

9. Never Gonna Leave This Bed — Maroon 5

"Wake you up in the middle of the night to say,
I will never walk away again
I'm never gonna leave this bed
You say go
It isn't working and I say no
It isn't perfect so I'll stay instead
I'm never gonna leave this bed"
— Maroon 5, Never Gonna Leave This Bed​

10. How Deep Is Your Love — Calvin Harris & Disciples

"I want you to breathe me
Let me be your air
Let me roam your body freely
No inhibition, no fear
How deep is your love?
Is it like the ocean?
What devotion? Are you?
How deep is your love?
Is it like nirvana?
Hit me harder, again
How deep is your love?"
— Calvin Harris & Disciples, How Deep Is Your Love​

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Emily Francos is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture and relationship topics.