Study reveals you should never listen to this song while driving

Long car rides and listening to music simply belong together. The songs played should not be too loud or distracting, otherwise it can quickly become dangerous. But not too relaxing either!

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More than half of the world population like to listen to music while driving, be it on the radio or a playlist made with love. Especially early in the morning or in the evening, when it's dark, drivers use songs to wake them up or keep them awake, even loudly.

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'Weightless' by the band Marconi Union deemed 'too relaxing'

According to a scientific study, the song Weightless by the band Marconi Union is considered the most relaxing song in the world. It lasts over 8 minutes and all the components of this song have been composed to lower heart rate, blood pressure and the level of the stress hormone cortisol.

At the beginning, this song still has 60 beats per minute, later only 50. Our heartbeat adjusts to these beats while listening, which also lowers blood pressure. And since the melody is not repeated, the brain can switch off completely and doesn't have to guess the sequence. Catchy beats like to accompany us for days and keep popping up in our heads. With this song, it's just the opposite.

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What happens when you listen to this song in the car?

Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson, who conducted this study, found that, for example, many women became drowsy or even fell asleep while listening to Weightless, so it could be dangerous to drive while listening to this song.

Much better for car trips are simple melodies that catch the ear or have a manageable sequence of verses and chorus. The best songs come from Ed Sheeran and Ellie Goulding, for example.

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This article has been translated from Gentside DE.

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