Eight Songs to Rock You to Sleep.

Via on Mar 25, 2012
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Sleeping is one of the great pleasures in life.

Those last moments between being awake and being asleep are my favorite. Rocked by the lullaby of my own breath, drifting between the two worlds and letting myself slow down completely—it’s delicious.

I don’t usually have trouble falling asleep. I do, however, have trouble going to bed. Some nights I tuck myself in and nestle into my pillow already fantasizing about the nap I hope to take tomorrow, since I have so few hours left before my alarm rudely puts an end to my peaceful slumber.

One of my favorite things to do before I unplug, meditate and actually put myself to bed is to listen to some songs to put me in the mood.

Take a deep breath. Stretch out. Press play:


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If you aren’t listening to First Aid Kit yet, you are missing out.



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“It’s thoughts like this that catch my troubled head when you’re away…”



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“When you are close to me…this room hasn’t got any walls…”


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I’ll take Mumford & Sons most anytime, but this one is perfect for bedtime.


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Tom Waits’ voice is the aural equivalent of a tumbler of scotch before bed. Burns a bit. Warms you where you need it.


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“Oh how could I expect to fly with only paper wings!”



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“If you want to catch a star then walk my way…I will take you where the night is always day.”



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(I’ve been known to sing this one to my favorite little people at bedtime too…)


Sweet dreams!

About Kate Bartolotta

Kate Bartolotta is the strongest girl in the world. She is the love child of a pirate and a roller derby queen. She hails from the second star to the right. She doesn't know how to behave with all the apples and ibexes. She doesn't suffer from her eight million freckles, she loves them! Like a rolling stone, Kate gathers no moss. Kate loves kale, being barefoot, Dr. Seuss, singing too loudly, gallivanting, palindromes, blackberries and has far too many books for her own good. When she's not writing, you can find her practicing yoga, running in the woods, playing with her kids, devouring a book, planting dandelions, changing the world and doing her dishes. Kate does not play the accordion. She is a massage therapist, writer and a compassionate friend to all. This year Kate aspires to finally give up on learning to knit and will instead spend that time putting a little bit more of her heart on the page. Connect with Kate on Facebook and Twitter


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5 Responses to “Eight Songs to Rock You to Sleep.”

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  2. Gloria says:

    #6 Gillian Welch doesn't work anymore. What was the song so I could look it up?

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  4. Jenna B Wiser says:

    Thank you for sharing all these songs!! Love them!!! Music speaks to my soul.

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