In the mid 2000s, Tom Chaplin found chart-topping success as the lead singer of Keane. After the Brit pop-rock band went on hiatus in 2012, Chaplin retreated from the spotlight. Four years later, with a hard-fought addiction battle behind him, Chaplin and his soaring tenor returned for a second act — this time, without bandmates. He released his solo debut, "The Wave," last October and kicked off a year of touring in January. Chaplin will head to Latin America in September for his final "Wave" tour.
Between playing sets, catching flights and spending time with his daughter, Chaplin has tried to get on — and stay on — a shuteye schedule.
"For me, getting a good night’s sleep is all about being in a routine," Chaplin told Van Winkle's. "Being a dad and a touring musician at the mercy of jet lag means that this is challenged the whole time! When I’ve got into the rhythm of 10pm bedtime, 7am wake up, I sleep like a baby. Sadly that doesn’t happen often enough."
When he needs help drifting off, Chaplin turns to ambient instrumentals from artists like Nils Frahm and steers clear of anything that's lyrically engrossing. "I become very absorbed by great lyricists," he explained, "so trying to fall to sleep to something like "The Divine Comedy" would be a recipe for disaster."
For his bedtime playlist, Chaplin picked these seven sleep-inducing songs:
But, sometimes, Chaplin prefers spoken words for his sleep soundtrack. "I spend a lot of the day thinking about, listening to or creating music," he said, "so I find podcasts very relaxing. When I was a kid I couldn't really understand how science applied to life; however, these days I'm fascinated by it."
This story has been updated.