Have trouble sleeping? And thus feel grumpy, stressed and less alert at work? Fret not, researchers have developed possibly the world’s most relaxing music to lull you to sleep. Get ready to say goodbye to insomnia and hello to a refreshed mind to take on a brand new day at work!
In a collaboration between the British Academy of Sound Therapy and Manchester band Marconi Union, it said that they used scientific theory to produce the world’s most relaxing song, “Weightless”.
Lyz Cooper, founder of the British Academy of Sound Therapy, said, “It’s important that the song is eight minutes because it takes about five minutes for that syncing process.”
She also explained that the rhythm of the song lulls individuals to sleep as it synchronizes with their heart rate, which starts at 60 beats per minute, before gradually slowing to about 50 beats per minute. And as with classical music, the drop in heart rate will lead to a fall in blood pressure.
“Weightless” is composed of guitar, piano and manipulated field recordings, and relies on harmonic internals to create the feeling of happiness and comfort. Also, there is no repeated melody, which allows the brain to completely tune off, as the listener is not attempting to predict what comes next. And in its place are random chimes to encourage deeper relaxation and low whoosing tones, alike Buddhist chants, to encourage the trance-like state.
Sleep presents many benefits for both the body and the brain, and the lack of sleep creates problems, physically, emotionally and mentally. Research has shown that individuals who receive adequate amounts of sleep tended to be able to improve their work performance at a faster pace and encourage better neural processing, such as insight formation, novel-language perception, visual discrimination and motor skills, among other benefits. Conversely, those who have insufficient sleep tend to encounter weight and skin problems, as well as poorer memory and alertness.
And so if you ever find yourself feeling stressed out from working and finding it hard to fall asleep at night, perhaps listening to this song could possibly help. Goodnight!
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