If stress from your work, personal life, or day-to-day tasks has you down, scientists have a solution for you. And all it takes is popping on your headphones.
It’s well-known that the right playlist can help you focus, sleep, and even make you happier in less than 30 seconds, but now, thanks to a team of researchers out of the United Kingdom, we also know that it can help you distress nearly instantly, too.
A team of neuroscientists from the United Kingdom, lead by Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson of Mindlab International, conducted a study in 2017, asking participants to attempt to solve a puzzle as quickly as possible. Those participants, Inc explained, were each hooked up to sensors to monitor their stress levels from their brain activity, heart rate, blood pressure, breathing.
While attempting to finish the puzzle, participants listened to a music playlist, with each song eliciting a different stress response. And, according to the research findings, there was one song above all others that helped keep the study participants cool as a cucumber: “Weightless.”
This particular tune, Inc reported, helped participants reduce their overall anxiety by 65 percent. The participants also exhibited a 35 percent reduction in their usual physiological resting rates.
Of course, you’d kind of expect this song to relax people when you find out it was actually engineered to do just that.
A group called the Marconi Union, in collaboration with sound therapists, created the song by purposefully arranging the harmonies, rhythms, and bass to “slow a listener's heart rate, reduce blood pressure and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol,” according to Inc.
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'Weightless' was so effective, many women became drowsy and I would advise against driving while listening to the song because it could be dangerous,” Dr. Lewis-Hodgson said.
So, next time you need to relax, or apparently even if you need to just take a nap, throw on your headphones and put “Weightless” on repeat.