What this blog is about

Hey! My name is Matthew, and I want to personally welcome you to my blog. Calm Insomniac is all about creating a community of people who struggle to fall asleep and the ways we work to overcome it.

But first you should know a little bit about me. I’m an orchestra conductor (see that thing I’m holding in my hand…that’s my conductor’s baton), so I get to work with amazing musician colleagues and create incredible music. I’ve been fortunate to work with some pretty incredible orchestras, and my career is still only beginning.

So why is a classical musician starting a blog about sleeping? Well, I have never slept well. It’s been a major issue for me, so much so that I can’t remember the last time I actually slept straight through the night. I wake up at least four times during the night, it takes me forever to fall asleep, and I always wake up exhausted.

There’s a good chance that this issue is genetic. My mom has difficulty sleeping, and both my parents wear CPAP machines, so I’m sure I’m destined to needing a CPAP machine myself later in life. I probably should consult a doctor about this issue, but like many people I don’t like going to the doctor…but that’s a whole other issue and this isn’t the place for that.

Over the years I have tried numerous home remedies for falling asleep, whether that be drinking warm milk, listening to music, watching TV, reading, and the list goes on, but nothing has really worked so far. I unfortunately have become used to a lack of sleep.

I decided to start this blog because I want to share my experiences of trying to have a better night’s sleep. I know that I can offer some insight since I’ve tried so many methods. But the other reason is because this blog provides a unique way for me to share some of my classical music knowledge as well.

Many people (of all musical tastes) listen to classical music to help them fall asleep, and with my specialized training I can provide some additional insight into why classical music can be sleep-inducing, as well as offer my own curated recommendations of pieces to listen to.

Let me be clear though, I am in no way suggesting that classical music is boring. Classical music is exciting, and one can experience the complete range of emotions through classical music. Listen to Mozart and you could feel joy, or Beethoven and you could feel struggle, or Wagner and you could feel power. People who think classical music is boring usually do not know anything about classical music. This blog isn’t a classical music 101, but there will be some education as I will argue that classical music can be soothing, which can have a link to helping us fall asleep.

So in summary, Calm Insomniac is a place where we discuss our struggles with sleep, home remedies to help with sleep, and sleep-related product reviews and recommendations. We will also discuss music and its ability to help us sleep.

I look forward to growing this sleep-deprived community, and here’s to a better night’s sleep!

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