When I was in high school, I used to lie in my bed with my headphones on while listening to Metallica's Black album. I'm certain that for the years I exposed myself to apocalypse-infused music, I conditioned myself to fall asleep quicker. Maybe it was focusing on learning guitar riffs or creating a world in my head based off the dark lyrics, I managed to fall asleep within minutes of starting any heavy metal album. By the time college rolled around, I couldn't drive long distances while listening to Sacred Reich or Pro-Pain with the fear of passing out on the road.
Even as I have gotten older, I still find that I am able to fall asleep to bands like Otep, Lamb of God, and Mnemic while sitting on my couch. I'm like a shark being turned upside down only to fall into a coma until the music stops. It never fails that I will be on the road, jam to Tool and start yawning--even if it's a thirty-minute jaunt to Phoenix.
Where am going with this blog? Well, I'm really trying to tie in the whole Metallica "Nothing Else Matters" link I found the other day. Why is it significant? It's slowed down 800% and sounds like something I would fall asleep to. I'm not sure if this live version of the song makes me want to fall asleep faster or want to drop a lot of acid. Either way, if you've never heard this, it's pretty cool to sit through. It's like Digitally Imported: Chillout got a hold of James Hetfield's verbally disabled brother.
Which methods do you use to fall asleep faster at night?