Thursday, November 10, 2016

Sound Therapy

Via Inc.

Everyone knows they need to manage their stress. When things get difficult at work, school, or in your personal life, you can use as many tips, tricks, and techniques as you can get to calm your nerves.

So here’s a science-backed one: make a playlist of the 10 songs found to be the most relaxing on earth.

Sound therapies have long been popular as a way of relaxing and restoring one’s health. For centuries, indigenous cultures have used music to enhance well-being and improve health conditions.

Now, neuroscientists out of the UK have specified which tunes give you the most bang for your musical buck.

The study was conducted on participants who attempted to solve difficult puzzles as quickly as possible while connected to sensors. The puzzles induced a certain level of stress, and participants listened to different songs while researchers measured brain activity as well as physiological states that included heart rate, blood pressure, and rate of breathing.

According to Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson of Mindlab International, which conducted the research, the top song produced a greater state of relaxation than any other music tested to date.

In fact, listening to that one song — “Weightless” — resulted in a striking 65 percent reduction in participants’ overall anxiety, and a 35 percent reduction in their usual physiological resting rates.

Here it is.  See if it works.

3 barks and woofs on “Sound Therapy

  1. I found the music mildly boring. As for the bouncing drones? Since I’ve been told that I must tolerate them even if they invade my own property w/o my permission? All the sight of those did for me was inspire a desire to fetch a shotgun – drone sighting raises my stress, lol!

  2. The sounds that work for me are “nature sounds” recorded out in the real world. My favorites are the tracks by Gordon Hempton who has been working for many decades. The tracks are on Youtube under his name. A track named “Promise” always settles me down.Use good headphones for best results.

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