Aarhus, Denmark — Billie Eilish tracks are among the best music to help you fall asleep, a new study on Spotify reveals. According to researchers at Aarhus University, “Lovely,” a duet with Khalid and featured in the Netflix drama series 13 Reasons Why, can help people with sleep problems nod.
The results also show that the upbeat track “Dynamite” by Korean boy band BTS is also one of the amazing songs to help people fall asleep. The research team analyzed over 200,000 of his Spotify tracks to explore the characteristics of music that put people to sleep.
They identified several characteristics typical of sleep-related music, such as being quieter and slower than other music. However, some of his popular Sleep Music playlists on Spotify also include faster, louder, and more energetic tracks.
“In this study, we investigated the characteristics of music used for sleep and found that sleep music was generally softer, slower, and more instrumental than other music, even though it was often played on acoustic instruments. Regardless, we found significant changes in the music people use to sleep, including music characterized by high energy and tempo,” the study’s authors wrote in a media release.
Many people say they listen to music to help them fall asleep. This raises the question of whether the songs people choose share certain traits that help relax the brain and body. was also limited.
The Danish team analyzed 225,626 tracks from 985 Spotify playlists related to sleep. They used Spotify’s API to compare sleep-related track features to music from a dataset representing popular music.
Results show that sleep music tends to be quieter and slower than other songs. They usually have no lyrics and often contain acoustic instruments as well.
Despite this trend, the research team points out that there is “considerable diversity” in the musical characteristics of sleep-related songs. In fact, they found he had six different subcategories. Three subcategories, including ambient music, match the typical characteristics of sleep music.
However, the music in the other three subcategories was louder and more energetic than your average sleepy track. These tracks included “Dynamite” and “Lovely”. Researchers believe that despite the high energy of these popular songs, they may help relax and sleep for some people accustomed to the track.
However, more research is needed to explore that possibility and identify the different reasons why different people choose different songs for sleep. It suggests that there is no playlist.
“This study not only informs the clinical use of music, but also advances our understanding of how music is used to control human behavior in everyday life.” the team concludes.
Findings are published in the journal pro swan.
South West News Service writer Stephen Beech contributed to this report.