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Lower Blood Pressure with Overnight Music!

Sleepless nights are a burden to us all, and unfortunately, plenty of people across the UK are struggling to get a good night's sleep. In fact, research suggests insomnia is a common problem across the UK, regularly affecting around one in three people. Durham OnAir's over night programme, Durham After Dark, has added a number of new tracks to it's smooth overnight playlist, which have been revealed to possibly aid a good nights sleep!


An expert from bedroom furnishings experts Bed Kingdom, has revealed three benefits of listening to music for a good night's sleep.  


1.Keep your body relaxed

Music not only fosters a relaxing headspace but also boasts plenty of physical advantages. Soothing and relaxing melodies can slow breathing, reduce heart rate, and decrease blood pressure while also alleviating muscle tension.   


Relaxing your body sets the stage for a refreshing night's sleep, ensuring you wake up energized and prepared for the day ahead.  


2. Reduce your stress levels   

Listening to music can significantly reduce stress levels by decreasing sympathetic nervous system activity and lowering stress hormones like cortisol. This relaxation helps you to fall asleep quicker and fosters feelings of tranquillity and calmness.   


In fact, research suggests that 74% of people feel less stressed when listening to music. Reducing stress levels before sleep is crucial to ensure a high quality of restorative rest that helps you feel refreshed in the morning.  


3. Help keep your mind distracted   

Music can serve as a form of relaxation and distraction from intrusive thoughts, helping to quiet the mind and promote mental peace.   


By listening to soothing melodies and rhythms, individuals may experience a shift in attention away from sources of worry or anxiety, paving the way for a more peaceful sleep experience.  


The expert says: "For those who struggle to relax and unwind in the evenings, a peaceful bedtime playlist could offer a soothing remedy, helping them transition from stressful thoughts to a peaceful night's sleep."   


So, to ensure we can all get a good night's sleep, a new study has revealed the most popular songs to fall asleep to, featuring popular artists such as Cigarettes After Sex, Coldplay, and Billie Eilish. 


The research conducted by bedroom furnishings experts Bed Kingdom used Spotify's Playlist Miner tool to determine the top featured songs and artists across just under 10,000 playlists. The search used keywords such as 'sleep,' 'bedtime," and 'tired' - revealing the ultimate bedtime playlist.  


1. Apocalypse - Cigarettes After Sex 

Securing the number one position is Cigarettes After Sex with their popular track 'Apocalypse,' which appeared an impressive 623 times across the sleep-themed playlists.  


The ethereal and calming ambience of the song has made it a go-to choice for those seeking a wistful song before bedtime. 


The song rose to popularity in 2022 following its popularity on TikTok and now has over 1 billion Spotify streams, where many are using its calming tones to get a good night's sleep.  


2. Sparks - Coldplay 

Coldplay is clearly a popular choice when creating a calming and sleepy atmosphere, as they appeared six times across the full ranking. However, their melodic song 'Sparks' ranked as the second sleepiest song.  


The song creates a comforting and calming vibe for listeners and has proven a popular choice for those seeking a soothing atmosphere to ease into sleep.  


Additionally, 'Yellow, ' ' The Scientist, ' 'Fix You, ' 'A Sky Full of Stars, ' and 'Sparks' all appeared among the top sleepiest songs – so be sure to add these classic relaxing tunes to any bedtime playlists.  


3. Je te laisserai des mots - Patrick Watson 

Enjoy the comforting feeling of a note from a loved one with Patrick Watson's 'Je te laisserai des mots,' a heartfelt melody that takes the third spot on the curated bedtime playlist. This song appeared 472 times, making it another popular choice. The melodic piano tune mixed with beautiful French lyrics makes it the perfect song to fall asleep to.    


4. The Night We Met - Lord Huron 

Lord Huron's, 'The Night We Met,' was featured 460 times across the playlist data. The song creates a bittersweet ambience with its calming vocals and emotional depth - making it the perfect choice for those seeking a sleep-inducing lullaby. 


5. My Love Mine All Mine - Mitski 

Mitski's ‘My Love Mine All Mine’ secures the fifth position with 379 appearances. The viral TikTok sound brings listeners a feeling of relaxed melancholy. 

All of the songs above have now been added to Durham After Dark! Durham After Dark plays every night from Saturday Night to Thursday Night!


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