If you have trouble falling asleep, the science of music may be able to help. Here's how.
|I've tried warm milk. I've tried counting sheep. Nothing works.|
The song puts listeners into an almost trance-like state for a few reasons. First are the beats per minute, which start at 60 and slow to 50. As you listen, your heart rate slows over five minutes in time to the beats, which leads to a drop in blood pressure. In addition, the song lacks a repeating melody, so your brain won't try to "sing along" with a tune. The spaces between the notes, or harmonic intervals, give listeners a sense of euphoria, and the chimes, whooshes and hums all lead to relaxation that borders on a trance.
That description makes the song sound a little ... intense. But it's not. I've listened to it at least a dozen times as I was falling asleep, and I have yet to be awake at the end of it. Try it for yourself; you can listen to the song here. Just don't do it while you're driving a car or operating heavy machinery. Sweet dreams!
Source: The Daily Mail.