Friday, January 13, 2012

Trouble Sleeping? Try the World's Most Relaxing Song

by Sara N.

Pictured: Sleep.

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 group Marconi Union consulted with sound therapists to create Weightless, an eight-minute tune billed as the most relaxing song ever. Scientists tested the relaxation factor of the song by asking study participants to complete a series of timed tests to raise their stress, then hooked them to monitors while they listened to music. The participants, all women, showed slower heart rates, lower blood presser and reduced levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, when they listened to Weightless. Many said they felt drowsy in the lab.

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.

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  1. I don't understand why you would have so much trouble falling asleep with all those peaceful cats around you.

    1. Peaceful ... until they step on your face at 3 a.m.

  2. Nice one!keep it up..regards and have a good one!