So here’s a science-backed technique you can use to calm your nerves with. Weightless was specifically designed to induce a highly relaxed state with emotions. Neuroscience says listening to this song results in a reduction of the listeners anxiety by up to 65 percent, and a 35 percent reduction in their usual physiological resting rates..
When it comes to lowering anxiety, the stakes couldn’t be higher. Stress either exacerbates or increases the risk of health issues like heart disease, obesity, depression, gastrointestinal problems, asthma, and more. More troubling still, a recent paper out of Harvard and Stanford found health issues from job stress alone cause more deaths than diabetes, Alzheimer’s, or influenza.
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. Sound therapists and stress specialists worked with the band Marconi Union to develop “Weightless”, the most relaxing song ever.
Weightless works by using specific rhythms, tones, frequencies and intervals to relax the listener. A continuous rhythm of 60 BPM causes the brainwaves and heart rate to synchronise with the rhythm: a process known as ‘entrainment’. Low underlying bass tones relax the listener and a low whooshing sound with a trance-like quality takes the listener into an even deeper state of calm.
Dr David Lewis, one of the UK’s leading stress specialists said: “‘Weightless’ induced the greatest relaxation – higher than any of the other music tested.” Brain imaging studies have shown that music works at a very deep level within the brain. This stimulates not only those regions responsible for processing sound but also ones associated
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 slow a listener’s heart rate, reduce blood pressure and rate of breathing, and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
According to Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson of Mindlab International, which conducted the research, the song produced a greater state of relaxation than any other music tested to date.
In this age of constant bombardment, the science is clear: if you want your mind and body to last, you’ve got to prioritize giving them a rest. Music is an easy way to take some of the pressure off of all the pings, dings, apps, tags, texts, emails, appointments, meetings, and deadlines that can easily spike your stress level and leave you feeling drained and anxious.
“‘Weightless’ was so effective, many became drowsy and I would advise against driving while listening to the song because it could be dangerous.” – Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson