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5 Reasons Alexa Sleep Sounds Not Working!

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Amazon Alexa Sleep Sounds are very effective in getting you to sleep, especially if you have difficulty doing so. You can select various sounds to get a good night’s rest. 

However, it can get frustrating when the sleep sounds stop working while you are sleeping or even before you sleep.

Your sleep time is vital for your mental and physical health. However, you must understand why the sounds are not working to be able to fix it. 

If your Alexa Sleep is not working, it is usually because Alexa turned off the sound after about two to three hours of no activity to conserve power. Other reasons your Alexa is not working include poor Wi-Fi connection, outdated software, or a damaged Alexa device. If your device is malfunctioning, seek the help of an expert to check the Alexa device. 

Why Are Alexa Sleep Sounds Not Working?

Alexa Sleep Sounds Not Working (Causes & Fixes)

If your Alexa Sleep Sounds are not working, it is most likely because it turned off to conserve energy. 

It could also be due to a weak Wi-Fi connection between your device and the Alexa speaker. The Alexa Sleep sound might also have a glitch that you might need to get fixed.

Below are some possible reasons your Alexa Sleep Sounds are not functioning:

#1. Poor Internet Connection

When you notice that the sleep sounds from your Alexa device have stopped working, your router or Wi-Fi connection device is not close to your Alexa device.

If the distance between both the location of devices is too much, it can reduce the sound quality or cause the Alexa Sleep Sounds to stop working altogether. 

To rectify this issue, bring your device closer to your Wi-Fi connection or vice versa. This solution will keep the sounds playing per your Alexa settings. 

Troubleshoot Alexa’s internet connection. If there seems to be an issue with the connection, check your router connection and restart your Alexa app.

You can also purchase a Wi-Fi extender, especially if your router connects to multiple devices around your home.

#2. Temporary Glitches

This issue might be another reason your Alexa Sleep Sounds are not working. The Alexa sleep sounds are also Skills that offer good services to your Amazon or Alexa-compatible device.

However, Amazon does not own these sounds because they are produced by different apps and are available as Alexa skills in partnership with Amazon.

Since different companies create the sounds, the particular sound might have glitches from the company’s server failure or temporary update. Check for available updates in the sound or Alexa app to fix this issue. 

If you are using a streaming service, disconnect from the Alexa sleep sound and connect your app to another streaming service. 

You can also update your Alexa device. If none of these fixes work, contact Amazon support.

#3. Outdated Application

If your Alexa app or device software is out-of-date, it could cause your Alexa sleep sounds to stop working. The update on the app might hinder you from playing any Alexa sleep sound. 

Check your music app or the Alexa app for any updates. You might be using an outdated version and need the latest version of the Alexa app. Also, check for software updates for your device.

#4. Duplicate Device Names/Accounts 

Check your devices for similar device names. Duplicate device names can confuse the Alexa AI, causing it to stop working completely. 

Also, connecting to multiple Amazon accounts with different applications on your devices can get the AI mixed up.

Check the names of the Alexa-compatible devices around your home, and ensure none have similar names. 

If two or more devices have the same name, go to the device application setting to rename the devices. If you are connected to multiple accounts, log out of the various Amazon accounts.

Ensure your device is connected to one Amazon account when activating Alexa services. Restart the Alexa device and try reconnecting it.

#5. Disabled Adblockers

If the music app requires ads to function properly and you disable adblockers in your settings, it will cause your Alexa Sleep Sound to stop working.

To rectify the issue, switch off your adblocker. If it is a network-level ad blocker, it will cause the sound to malfunction or stop playing. Therefore, disable any ad blockers while you are using your Alexa device.

If none of these fixes work, reset your Alexa device by simultaneously holding the volume and the mic buttons on your device. This will reset the device and possibly fix the sleep sound issue. 

Here are the quick fixes to several issues causing Alexa Sleep Sounds not to work:

Poor internet connectionReduce the distance between the Alexa device and your router, and restart your router.
Outdated applicationUpdate your devices and Alexa software
Unavalaible Sleep SoundSwitch to a different sleep sound
Disabled adblockersTurn on the adblockers in the device settings
Duplicate device nameRename Alexa devices from a third-party app 
Alexa requires resettingPress and hold the mic and volume buttons simultaneously for about 30 seconds.

How Do I Get Alexa Sleep Sounds to Work?

If you want to play Alexa Sleep Sounds using skills, open the Alexa software and tap on the menu bar. When the menu bar opens, select “Skills & Games” in the menu. 

Select “Sleep Sounds,” pick your favorite skill from the available skills on the list, and enable it. After enabling the skill, give Alexa a voice command like “Alexa, enable sounds.” 

After enabling Alexa, place the device near your bed and allow the sleep sounds to lull you to sleep.

If you want to change the relaxing sounds, simply give the device a voice command like “Alexa, play…” and say the type of sound you want it to play. This command will trigger a sleep soundly.

However, if you want to play a sleep sound playlist, say the command, “Alexa, play…” is accompanied by the name of the Sleep Sound playlist.

You can also play a specific type of sound, like Rain, Native American Flute, City sounds, Wind Chimes, etc. To play a specific sleep soundly, go to the good playlist, and say this command, “Play Rain”.

Set the timer to notify Alexa of how long you want to play the Sleep sound or playlist. You can set the timer by saying, “Alexa, set sleep sound timer for five hours.”

The sleep sounds help block distracting noises and provides an ambient sound that helps you sleep.

How Do I Get Alexa to Play Sleep Sounds All Night?

You can enable the all-night play mode to get Alexa to play sleep sounds all night. To enable it, open your Alexa app, and go to ‘Settings’ in the software.

In the Settings menu, click on ‘Devices’ Echo & Alexa from the option. Next, move down the list to Sleep Sounds and click on it. 

In the menu that pops up, you can turn on the option that lets you play sleep sounds all night.

If you want to enable the setting, toggle the unchecked box and save your settings. The settings will allow Alexa to play sleep sounds all night till you turn off the sleep sound.

What Kind of Sleep Sounds Can Alexa Play?

Alexa can play different types of sleep sounds, some of which include Rain sounds, Household sounds, Fireplace sounds, and Ocean sounds. 

Alexa Sounds are one of the basic features that Amazon Alexa offers as a service to the Alexa-enabled device you own. The sounds are of varying categories, like relaxing, meditation, and ambient sounds.

Some of the sleep sounds Alexa can play include:

#1. Rain Sounds

Rain sounds have a quite relaxing effect due to their soft rhythm. It is one of the popular sounds in the Alexa Sleep Sound collection. 

You can adjust the ambient, volume, speed, and other features of the sound to fit your preference. 

You can also choose the structure the rain would hit, altering the sounds it creates, from rain on the streets.

It includes the sounds of vehicles moving past the sound of rain on rooftops with thunderstorms in between to help you get a good night’s rest.

#2. Ocean and Water Sound

You can also choose to modify the ocean sounds with various options. You can change the settings of the waves and include other sounds like an animal, waterfall, or water rushing sounds.

#3. Jungle Sounds

The sound of heavy rain pattering on foliage and trees and the cawing of forest birds can give calming effects that allow you to drift to a comfortable sleep. 

Fortunately, Alexa sleep sound has a Jungle sound playlist if you prefer the tropical sounds of the rainforest. 

The sounds transport you from the busy city night to the tropical quiet and natural sounds of the jungle.

#4. Wind Sounds

From Alexa Sleep Sounds, you can also play various wind sounds, including gentle chime tinkling sounds. This sound playlist is also suitable for meditation and background sound.

#5. White Noise

White noise is the perfect playlist for you if you do not want any specific sounds but simply block other distracting sounds.

It is the simplest and most quiet sleep sound available on Alexa Sleep Sounds. There are also other variations like pink noise and brown noise.

#6. Relaxing Piano Sounds

This playlist covers many piano sounds, from Beethoven’s western piano sounds to Mozart’s soothing sonatas.

You can select from different classic piano sounds. It is also suitable for study and relaxation.

Are Alexa Sleep Sounds Free?

Not all Alexa Sleep Sounds are free. You must pay for the premium sleep sound app to access all Alexa Sleep Sounds.

However, there are over 75 Alexa-free sounds, some of which include:

  • Heartbeat sounds
  • Thunderstorm sounds
  • Train Ride sounds
  • City Sounds
  • Mountain Lake sounds
  • Campfire sounds
  • Underwater sounds
  • Fireplace Sounds
  • Pink Noise
  • Waterfall sounds, among others. 

The premium membership gives you access to a variety of 125+ Sleep sounds and allows you to record custom sounds. The paid membership gives you access to all the Sleep Sounds, including the free sounds.

Why Is My Alexa Sleep Timer Not Working?

If your Alexa Sleep timer is not working, it is because your Alexa software is not up-to-date.

Other issues include the wrong current time, poor Wi-Fi connection, or wrong time zone.

To fix these issues, follow the steps below: 

  • You should first disconnect your Alexa device from its power source and plug it back in after a few minutes.
  • If the Alexa sleep timer does not respond after trying the fix above, turn on your Alexa device and check the internet connection.
  • If the Wi-Fi connection is poor, disconnect your device from your router and reconnect it. Ensure your Alexa device is close to the router. 
  • Also, check the firewall settings. If the firewall is in a high-security setting, reduce it to the standard setting.


If your Alexa Sleep sound is not responsive, it could be due to issues like power conservation mode, poor internet connection, or outdated software.

However, you can fix these issues once you understand why the Sleep Sounds are not working. 

Ensure the Alexa-enabled device is close to its internet source to enjoy the sleep sounds without interruptions.

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