Hi Barry - glad you liked the idea of listening to soundscapes while you dream. I can’t get any of my friends fired up about it enough to try it out, but maybe some of the lucid dreamers in this group might.
Ah, you wear hearing aids - that might indeed conflict. Better ask the people who sold them to you. Earpods are nice during the night for more than just music - a few hours ago, I woke up at 1:30 and couldn’t sleep, so I listened to a few podcasts, then settled down to some dreamy soundscape, before meditating a while and finally dozing off.
If earpods just are not going to work, look on AliExpress or Amazon (much more expensive than Ali) for “headband bluetooth”. I tried one for a while, but it only had a 2 hr. lifespan before recharge, so I switched back to earpods, which deliver the music right in the ear canal, and give 3-D stereo.
The earpods I use are from AliExpress (Alibaba in China is larger than Amazon and eBay together). At $1 apiece, that beats any price in Western stores - I go through many every year, but it’s so cheap it doesn’t matter. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000040559661.html
Or search aliexpress.com for ‘earpods’.
As for which music I recommend - I am rather fanatical about ambient music, having collected it for 40 years, now up to 3000 hrs on my PC. My favorite composers for dreaming are Max Corbacho (especially “The Talisman”), Warmth (esp. “Home”), Dan Pound, Hirotaka Shirotsubaki (esp. “Wet Petals”), Philip Wilkerson (esp. “Labyrinth”, which is good for your inner dreamer to construct a story on), and all the Space Ambient Mix that you find on Youtube. All these can be listened to on Spotify or Youtube. An easy way to download Spotify music to your computer is the software “Ondesoft Spotify converter” ($25). Be sure to download the pieces to your device (easiest to DL to a PC, then transfer to a smartphone, and use can use Audacity software to edit them, or delete sections you don’t like). Lots of browser extensions for downloading mp3s from YT. You don’t want to listen to a piece in bed via wifi, since it might go to another piece that is not at all conducive to dreaming and break up your session. Download first.
Watch out, this is very habit-forming. Some of them can produce much more pleasure in your dream state than while listening to the same piece during waking state. But then train your unconscious to ask “am I dreaming?” when you hear this kind of soundscape, and you’re on your way to lucidity!
If you want to really cast the line further out and see what ambient/space music there is, look at http://ambientmusicguide.com or synthsequences.com for reviews of all the albums. Whew! I’m still making my way through all this, it just grows exponentially as this type of music is ever more appreciated.
And let me know which ones you like… or if you explore other composers, I’d love to try new ones!