Ed Sheeran is top pick when it comes to us selecting music and playlists to help relax, unwind and nod-off.
Sheeran dominates the “Most-Streamed Songs For Sleep” list, with over a third of songs coming from the English singer-songwriter. Popular 2014 hit, “Thinking Out Loud” ranks as highest across 2.8 million ‘sleep’-themed playlists globally, including amongst those of Australian users.
The only track listed to not be a recent chart-topping hit was No. 6 “Rain for Sleep” – continuous natural rainfall sounds designed for the very purpose of inducing sleep.
Dr Max Hirshkowitz, chair-elect of the National Sleep Foundation in the United States told the Sydney Morning Herald people tend to gravitate toward mellow, laid back vocals between the baritone and tenor range – similar to why lullabies are effective for helping people relax.
“Music is a highly personal, emotional experience where one size doesn’t necessarily fit all. In the music context, the more salient a sound is to you, the more likely it’ll warrant a response – whether that’s excitement or winding down,” he said.
‘Sleep’ is one of Spotify’s most popular categories of streamed music.
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