Band creates the ‘most relaxing tune ever’
A British band has worked with sound therapists to create a tune described by scientists as the “most relaxing song ever”.
Boffins say the eight minute track, called Weightless, is so effective at inducing sleep it should not be listened to while driving.
Carefully arranged harmonies, rhythms and bass lines help to slow the heart rate, reduce blood pressure and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Manchester trio Marconi Union worked with sound therapists to create the soothing tune, which also slows breathing and reduces brain activity.
Scientists played the song to 40 women and found it to be more effective at helping them relax than songs by Enya, Mozart and Coldplay.
The study - commissioned by bubble bath and shower gel firm Radox Spa - found the song was even more relaxing than a massage, walk or cup of tea.
The women were connected to sensors and given challenging puzzles to complete against the clock in order to induce a level of stress.
They were then played different songs as their heart rate, blood pressure, breathing and brain activity were recorded.
Studies found Weightless was 11 per cent more relaxing than any other song and even made many of the women “drowsy” in the lab.
It induced a 65 per cent reduction in overall anxiety and brought them to a level 35 per cent lower than their usual resting rates.
The song features guitar, piano and electronic samples of natural soundscapes.
It is pierced throughout by buddhist-like chants that induce a trance-like state.
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Listening to this just now and trying to destress.
Going through possibly one of the hardest times ever right now and trying to unsuccesfully hold it all together without life unravelling. Nothing seems important anymore. Then I got this in an email and something clicked back into place. It’s still hard, but I’ll come through the other side as always. I need to get to the ocean..it always helps.
"I tell you there is a silver lining behind every dark cloud. Therefore look for it and never be satisfied until you have found it and given thanks for it. Dwell on the best in everyone and everything. You have to do this yourself, no one else can do it for you. Learn to stand on your own feet spiritually, learn to do your own thinking spiritually. Keep on turning within for every answer and you cannot fail to get the right one. Never expect anyone else to get the answer for you. Confirmation can always be sought, but find the answer yourself deep within you and do not allow your life to be influenced by any outer circumstances or persons."
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