Finding it difficult to get to sleep lately? Here are some soothing classical pieces that will help you drift off into a restful night's kip...

According to The Sleep Doctor, music can slow breathing, lower your heart rate, ease muscle tension and trigger the release of sleep-friendly hormones serotonin and oxytocin.

Why not create a playlist with these six gorgeous compositions, adding more as you discover them to create your perfect 'falling asleep' soundtrack.

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Gymnopédie No.1 by Erik Satie

Gymnopédie No. 1 is part of the Gymnopédies which is a collection of 3 piano compositions by French composer Erik Satie. 

This is the most famous piece of the collection thanks to its slow tempo and beautiful chords which almost invite you to close your eyes.

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Air on a G string by J.S. Bach

This is an arrangement created by German violinist August Wilhelmj of the second movement in Johann Sebastian Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major. 

The sweet melody is perfectly complemented by a lower countermelody that can send you into a blissful trance-like state. 

This composition is perfect to listen when unwinding after a busy day.

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Moonlight Sonata (first movement) by Beethoven

The first movement from Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata (AKA Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp Minor) is ideal for helping you drift off. 

The arpeggiated chords in the right hand paired with sustained notes in the left create a truly captivating piece of music. 

The slow tempo of this piece will help you relax and fall into a deep slumber...

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Lullaby for Strings by George Gershwin

If you prefer music written for string instruments over the piano then the aptly named piece by American composer and pianist George Gershwin is perfect for you. 

Get lost in the beautiful harmonies, alluring melody and gorgeous dramatic dynamic changes...

Kinderszenen, Op 15: No. 7 (Traumerei) by Robert Schumann

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Kinderszenen, meaning 'scenes from childhood' is part of a set of 19 pieces Schumann wrote for piano. Number 7, Traumerei - it translates as ‘dreaming’ - is one of the most popular pieces from the collection.

The simple harmonies, paired with the gorgeous melody create a dreamy piece that you can’t help but feel relaxed listening to.

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Archangel's Lullaby, Op. 436A by Howard Blake

This cello and piano composition by English composer Howard Blake has a slightly darker mood, quite unlike those previously mentioned. 

The stunning, rich tone of the cello paired with the simple piano accompaniment is a perfect match. 

The peaceful and nostalgic atmosphere created by this composition is ideal for helping you fall asleep. 

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