6 Korean Playlists to help with getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Time to get sleepy.

There are just some days when it’s hard to clock in the sleep hours and some of us resort to playing light music in the background to aid in sleeping (I’m guilty of leaving my TV on overnight on auto-play). It also has been scientifically proven that music can help with sleeping as it has the ability to slower your heart rate and breathing, lower your blood pressure, and most importantly can act as a trigger to relax your muscles.

Depending on your preference, we’ve compiled 6 Korean playlists that might help you get a good night’s sleep faster (even if it doesn’t help, you might find a favourite song or two from these playlists).

1. Korean R&B – (♫ i heard you had trouble sleeping / underground korean r&b (9 songs)

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjFgQ9fZ7sQ

If you’re someone who doesn’t prefer mainstream k-pop, this playlist is for you! Dubbed as the Korean Rhythm & Blues (R&B) genre, expect the songs to be more soulful, moving and at the same time infused with a bit of pop, hip hop, and funk. Do check out the other playlists from this channel, they’re pretty solid!

Favourite from this playlist: Tonight – SHIN DAJUNG

💤 Factor: 4.5/5


2. Soft K-Pop – (Listen When You Can’t Sleep☽Kpop Playlist Pt.1)

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXNBmOHOZ8k

Given that you’re comfortably tucked in bed, this playlist is perfect for those that prefer something that gives off a lighter, softer and warmer feeling. These songs are usually easy to listen to and leans more on the emotional side. However, if you’re an emotional person who feels a lot when listening to music, expect to spend the night recalling memories and feeling things rather than actually sleeping tough…

Favourite from this playlist: Rudderless – Park Won

💤 Factor: 4/5


3. K-Indie –  (🌙 1 Hour K-indie / acoustic night playlist – 밤 . 빛 –)

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KMefWyt_nQ

If you prefer acoustic music, you can’t go wrong with this playlist! These pure voices and clear instruments will hit you in the feels but at the same time, it feels like a more grown-up kind of lullaby, think of it as someone singing you to sleep.

Favourite from this playlist: You As You Are 그대는 그대로  – Stella Jang (스텔라장)

💤 Factor: 3/5


4. K-OST Piano – (1 Hour KPOP OST RELAXING PIANO Collection for Studying and Sleeping)

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntOYV6mz_7Q&t=296s

If you’re one to fall asleep to classical music or the piano, here’s something that might actually work. Picture lying on your bed with the piano music playing from popular Korean dramas like “She Was Pretty”, “Goblin” and “While You Were Sleeping”. Who knows you might even wander off dreaming about your own K-drama with your favourite Oppa or Noona! A lesser known fact about this playlist is that the piano covers were actually played and recorded by the person who created this playlist!

Favourite from this playlist: When Night Falls [While You Were Sleeping] – Eddy Kim

💤 Factor: 3/5


5. Relatable Playlists – (for when u can’t sleep pt.1 | kpop playlist)

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfz6pDb4xjA

More often than not, we listen to music that reflects our mood and there are playlists like these that exactly reflects what we’re feeling at the moment, couldn’t have been more accurate! This would be a good playlist to listen when going through a rough week of school or work.

Favourite from this playlist: Don’t Forget – iKON

💤 Factor: 3.5/5


6. Sound Effects – (soft kpop playlist with calming rain sound)

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dswCKwkrxo4

If music alone is not enough to get you sleepy, take it up a notch by making the atmosphere feel more realistic with playlists with sound effects! There are plenty more of these playlists with different atmospheres to choose from such as a cafe with the sound of coffee being brewed or even 3D kind of listening experience.

Favourite from this playlist: Cave Me In – Gallant, Tablo & Eric Nam

💤 Factor: 3/5

There are plenty more of such playlists out there waiting to be discovered. The options are pretty much endless given that new songs are being released every month, but I guess these should last you for a couple of nights! Share it with a friend who has been having trouble sleeping or give it a try whenever you’re facing difficulty sleeping and start having a good night’s sleep! 

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