Picture this: you get into bed at 10 p.m., exhausted from the work day, yet you can't fall asleep. You try watching TV, scrolling through your phone but your brain just won't turn off. Well, we've got the perfect solution — and no, it's not counting sheep.
Experts at TheDozyOwl.co.uk found out which celebrity has the most soothing voice to help us fall asleep ahead of World Voice Day, which falls on Friday, April 16. The website surveyed 3,488 people from around the world to find which A-lister's voice can send anyone to snooze land.
Sir David Attenborough came in first place, receiving 89 percent of the votes, while Snoop Dogg got 83 percent of the votes.
“Positive feelings are stimulated by our senses — one of which is sound. Hearing a voice that carries a benevolent and trustworthy authority makes you feel comforted and relaxed. Such positive stimulation will reduce the amount of cortisol (a.k.a. The Stress Hormone) being produced in your brain allowing you to fall asleep faster," Alex Ion, sleep expert from TheDozyOwl.co.uk, explained about calm voices.
He continued, "Alongside this, Attenborough speaks slowly and concisely, elongating his words and maintaining a soft and raspy tone. Such tone and tempo relaxes rather than stimulates, helping you unwind.”
As for why Snoop can lull anyone to sleep, Ion said: “Snoop Dogg is known for his soft and relaxed vocal delivery which distinguishes his rap style from many, tying him to soul vocalists. This delivery combined with his typically slow tempo generally has a calming effect making both his music and podcast great to fall asleep too.”
Morgan Freeman came in third, with 79 percent of the votes, while Seth Rogen came in fourth (78 percent) and Julie Andrews came in fifth (73 percent).
“Freeman has a natural baritone voice which is the voice type that the human ear finds easiest to process," Ion explained of the Hollywood veteran. "If listening to this tone before bed, your brain will not be working overtime to process what he is saying allowing you to fall asleep. Such tone is arguably associated with competence, wisdom and strength which, much like Attenborough, creates a sense of trust and comfort that makes you relax.”
Some others who made the list but couldn't crack the top five include Harry Styles, Gillian Anderson, Emily Blunt, Tom Hardy, Meryl Streep, Barack Obama and Idris Elba.
Hopefully, there will be no trouble hitting the hay going forward!