A study by Aarhus University researchers ranks songs from Billie Eilish and BTS to be among the best music that can help people fall asleep.
The researchers reportedly analyzed over 200,000 songs on over 1,000 Spotify sleeping playlists to rank the tracks.
“It was surprising to see how many different types of music people use for sleep,” Kira Vibe Jespersen, an assistant professor at the Center for Music in the Brain, told the New York Post. “Not only different genres, but also different audio characteristics … ranging from slow, soothing instrumental tracks to more energetic uptempo pop music.”
The research, shared in journal PLOS One, suggests that fans often turn to familiar songs to help them fall asleep.
“In this study, we investigated the characteristics of music used for sleep and found that even though sleep music in general is softer, slower, instrumental and more often played on acoustic instruments than other music, the music people use for sleep displays a large variation including music characterized by high energy and tempo,” the study authors said in a release.
The research team noted “considerable diversity” in songs that helped listeners fall asleep, and laid out six distinct sub-categories outside of such songs, with three of them lining up with typical characteristics (like ambient music).
Songs like “Dynamite” by BTS and “Lovely” by Eilish ft. Khalid fell into the other three categories of sleep music, as both songs are considered higher energy.
The study said more research is needed to determine why listeners chose such songs to help them sleep, as there is no “one-size-fits-all” playlist for sleeping.
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