When we think of relaxation, we think about a peaceful, relaxing experience.
But a new study by a team of scientists at the University of California, San Diego, suggests that we can’t simply take that word and throw it at a relaxing sound.
Instead, the scientists propose a new way to describe a relaxation sound, which is “a combination of a gentle hum and a slight whistle,” according to the research article.
In a paper published online this week in the journal Scientific Reports, the team describes how this “breath-free sound” might be used to enhance the human experience of relaxation.
“It is a breath-free music with no sound,” said lead author Jonathan Loehle, an assistant professor in the Department of Neuroscience at UC San Diego.
“This breath-in-the-air sound is the most relaxing sound we have to offer.”
The researchers found that a simple breath-out sound could help create a relaxing experience, with the researchers describing the sound as “a gentle hum, a gentle whistle, and a little vibration.”
The team used the sounds as a test of their theory, in which the researchers could compare the sound to a neutral “natural” noise, a sound that the listener doesn’t consciously recognize.
In other words, the researchers found, when the listener is presented with a neutral sound, the listener may think it is natural and relax, but that’s not necessarily true.
“The neutral sound is not actually calming, it’s not calming enough, and that’s the key reason why people don’t like relaxing sounds,” Loehs said.
“That’s because the sound is so natural and not calming.
It’s very different from any calming sound that you can have.”
While this sounds like a lot of work to get the listener to relax, it could be a good way to help people relax if they’re already doing it on a regular basis, the authors said.
The scientists also tested the relaxation sound with music that was also calming and found that when they played it, listeners responded by relaxing even more, according to a press release from the UC San