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Sleep with your Amazon Echo

Here's how to create white noise playlists with the Echo and Alexa.
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1. Find Sleep Sounds

First, install the Amazon Music application on your smartphone, tablet or PC/Mac and log in with your Amazon account.

Next, in the Amazon Music app, search for "Sleep"

Amazon has many sleep noise soundtracks you can choose from. I like "Nature sounds for sleep." Click on "Nature sounds for sleep"

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2. Select a soundtrack

With the "Prime Music" tab selected, choose a soundtrack. In this example I've picked "Thunderstorm" from the "Nature Sounds for Sleep" album.

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3. Confirmation that song is added to library

You should get a confirmation that the song has been added to your cloud library.

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4. Create a new playlist

From the Playlists tab, Click on "Create new playlist". You can see that I already have two sleep playlists already created.

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5. Name your playlist

A dialog box will be presented to name your playlist. In this example, we want to call this "Thunderstorm Sleep"

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6. Add song to playlist

On the next screen you will be prompted to add a song to your playlist. Scroll down the list of songs in your cloud library until you get to "T" and pick "Thunder Storm" by clicking on the Plus "+" sign and then clicking on "done"

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7. New playlist is visible

Your newly added playlist should appear as in the example above.

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8. Tell Alexa to play the playlist and loop!

When you want to go to sleep for the night, tell Alexa to play your playlist in a continuuous loop.

"Alexa, play playlist Thunderstorm Sleep"

Alexa should confirm it is going to play the playlist.

"Alexa, loop."

Alexa should confirm it is entering loop mode.

To adjust the volume, you can say "Volume level" and then a number from 1 to 10. I like volume level 3 or 4 for sleep noises.

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