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"World's Most Relaxing Music" Composed 239

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from the chill-out-faster dept.
Musical group Marconi Union and Lyz Cooper, the UK's leading therapeutic sound practitioner, have released what they claim is the world's most relaxing music. They contend that the calming effects of "Weightless" are not subjective but are based on scientific evidence. The music was found to cause brainwaves and heart rate to synchronize with the rhythm, reduce blood pressure and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. In fact, Scientists played the song to 40 women and found it to be 11% more effective at helping them relax than songs by Enya, Mozart and Coldplay. The eight-minute track is so effective at inducing sleep, motorists have now been warned they should not listen to it while driving.
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"World's Most Relaxing Music" Composed

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  • Re:Or not (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Missing.Matter (1845576) on Tuesday October 18, 2011 @02:27PM (#37752730)
    I used to listen to stars of the lid while doing homework. I have trouble listening to music with words because I sing along in my head, and I have a trouble listening to classical music because I play along in my head (I'm a violinist). Ambient stuff like Stars of the Lid is great though. I find it doesn't actually put me to sleep, but gets my brain in a thinking rhythm.
  • Re:Wha? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by ottothecow (600101) <> on Tuesday October 18, 2011 @02:53PM (#37753098) Homepage
    What about trained athletes who have low resting heart rates? I am by no means trained at a high level (although more so than average and *definitely* more than the test subject pictured in the article) and when I checked my pulse after 5 minutes of the song, it was going slightly slower.

    My first thought when the song started was "hmm that feels fast like my heart beat is accelerating". The song seems to be at about 60BPM while any young healthy person with any sort of moderate endurance training could be below that.

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