My friends at Casper, a relatively new mattress company based out of NYC, are on the hunt for some ‘sounds to sleep to.’ When Alyse – an employee at the company – contacted me to brainstorm about a blogpost about ‘Sounds that make you fall asleep’ I was all in and came up with the idea to extended the idea, as I thought it would be fun to make an art journal page about it. Her team was pretty excited about the idea right away. Turns out, we discovered this could be somewhat a sequel to the “Everyday Songs Post” I published a while ago. Isn’t it funny how little ideas like that can bring people of different worlds together!?
Now, in the “Everyday Songs” post I talked about songs that I wake up with in the morning… but there are no songs that I go to bed with in the evening or that make me fall asleep. In fact, I hardly sleep. I suffer from insomnia. I sleep maybe 4 or 5 hours a night, and some nights I don’t sleep at all. No song can change that, BUT…. there is a sound that I fall asleep to almost every time I hear it. That ‘noise’ comes around every year in July (that’s righ now!) so I’m catching some extra sleep these days. You know why? the Tour de France started!
Here’s the ‘story’ (scroll a bit further for the translation) and the art journal page I created.
The journaling is in Dutch, here’s the translation:
With a bag of peanuts and a nice cool drink I curl up on the couch: ready for the broadcast of the Tour de France. Each year, in the month of July, I follow this heroic cycling race. Every day , for three weeks, I install myself in front of the television in the afternoon to watch yet another stage of the bicycle race. Here come the cyclists: a mixture of bright, colored garments and helmets. Images of rotating legs. Flickering wheels and derails. The broadcast is accompanied by the muffled sound of cheering people that stand along the side of the road and the monotonous murmuring voices of the commentators Maarten Ducrot and Herbert Dijkstra. Slowly but surely my eyes get all heavy… and in no time I am asleep. No matter how exciting the stage, no matter how high the mountains the cyclists have to climb and no matter how chilling the descent: I doze off. I’ve missed quite a few thrilling finals!
I wonder what song or sound makes YOU fall asleep?
The Casper blog Pillow Talk is fun to visit with all kinds of facts and posts about sleeping or you can check out more ideas on the Casper Facebook Page!” They, as well, like to know what sounds help you hit the hay.