Why, hello there. If you're a human being and reading this, there is a high possibility that you're stressed out over something. Car problems? Your girlfriend's being weird? You don't have a girlfriend? You spent $20 on the pizza you're currently eating and are worried about it making you fat and broke but keep eating it anyway because you're stressed out? It's a vicious cycle, friends. Maybe a little music can help to break it.
In the United States, about 30% of people have anxiety that are aged 18-54. That's a lot of people being affected by one thing, and it's a very difficult affliction to cope with. For some people, music can help calm their racing thoughts. One neuroscientist put this theory to the test.
Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson of Mindlab International put together a study to see how music affected the participants. He got a group together and set them up to see which songs were the most relaxing. We wouldn't mind being put into a study that's supposed to make us relax.
The subjects were hooked up to sensors, then told to complete various tasks such as solving puzzles. The sensors monitored their blood pressure, heart rate and rate of breath. They were given these tasks while listening to various different songs, to see their effect on the brain.
Many songs were selected for the participants to listen to. Many of them were effective, but one rose above the rest. In fact, it rose much, much above the rest and produced stunningly effective results.
"Weightless" by Marconi Union was the clear winner out of all the songs that were tested. Anxiety was found to be reduced by 65% in the test subjects. Their heart pulses slowed to 35%. We don't know about you, but we'd definitely like to be 65% less anxious.
You'll want to put this song on repeat when you're studying, or honestly, doing most things, considering it's been proven to be such a stress reliever. This group of musicians actually created this song with the intent of relieving stress in mind. They worked together with sound therapists to produce the most effective result.
Do yourself a favor and go listen to the song. It carefully blends together a blend of harmonies, rhythms, and bass lines that are, in general, pleasant to the ear. But they also reduce the heart rate and blood pressure, which sounds just like the kind of jam we need.
Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson had a warning for anyone listening to the song, though. "'Weightless' was so effective, many women became drowsy and I would advise against driving while listening to the song because it could be dangerous." We guess we'll have to look for another way to relieve our stress when someone cuts us off in traffic.
The song is intended to alter the state of being that the listener is in, making them calmer. It uses a continual rhythm of 60 BMP. It then eventually slows down to 50 BMP around the five minute mark, the amount of time it takes for your brain to get on board with what's happening.
Some of the other songs that were tested were from well known artists like Coldplay and Adele. You can check out the playlist here. Ten of the songs from the study are featured on it, and it runs a little under an hour. That's one whole relaxing hour, just for you.
So, the band was successful in their endeavor to set out to make a song that would relax all their listeners. But what do they say when asked if they agree that it's the most relaxing song ever? They simply don't weigh in on the matter, choosing not to comment. Seems pretty stress free to us.
The run time of the song is about eight minutes. We need to be stress-free for longer than eight minutes, if that's possible. That's why there's this ten-hour version of the track on YouTube for you to enjoy.