Having a tough day (or week)? Science to the rescue! Researchers have found a song that's proven to reduce anxiety by as much as 65 percent. Get ready to unwind with this hypnotic and soothing track below...
Its harmonies, rhythms, and bass lines were carefully arranged to help slow a listener's heart rate, reduce blood pressure and lower levels stress
To discover the most relaxing songs around, scientists at Mindlab International asked participant to solve tricky puzzles while listening to music. Using sensors, the researchers were able to measure changes in heart rates, breathing and blood pressure. The result? One song that resulted in a striking 65 percent reduction participants' overall anxiety, and a 35 percent reduction in their usual physiological resting rates.
The song that beat out other well-known soothing artists, such as Coldplay and Mozart, is called "Weightless" by English musical trio Marconi Union.
Interestingly enough, Marconi Union created the zen-inducing song in collaboration with sound therapists. Its harmonies, rhythms, and bass lines were carefully arranged to help slow a listener's heart rate, reduce blood pressure and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Check out the track below - do you feel relaxed?
Mindlab's Chairman, Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson said, "'Weightless' was so effective, many women became drowsy and I would advise against driving while listening to the song because it could be dangerous."
So don't listen while driving, but worth trying if you can't fall asleep at night it seems!
Their other top picks for anxiety-reducing tracks included popular artists like Adele, Enya and Coldplay. And for fans of the eight-minute song above, there's a ten hour version to REALLY help you calm down. Check out the top ten relaxing songs uncovered during Mindlabs' study below and listen to the Spotify playlist here.
- "Weightless" by Marconi Union
- "Electra" by Airstream
- "Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix)" by DJ Shah
- "Watermark" by Enya
- "Strawberry Swing" by Coldplay
- "Please Don't Go" by Barcelona
- "Pure Shores" by All Saints
- "Someone Like You" by Adele
- "Canzonetta Sull'aria" by Mozart
- "We Can Fly" by Rue du Soleil