Do you ever notice that it seems like songs have a faster tempo when you play them in the night hours compared to playing them first thing in the morning?
You're not alone, and you're not crazy. A lot of people have experienced this phenomenon, yet, not enough people know the answers since studies haven't been officially done on this phenomenon.
Luckily, a few scientists offer some explanations that might explain why our ears are playing tricks on us in spite of the fact that they haven't officially put this into a study.
There are three common reasons that your favorite songs on your playlist seem to be at a faster speed after hours.
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You may be experiencing this feeling because your brain is more alert at night. This is especially true for those who consider themselves to be night owls.
When you're first waking up in the morning, your brain moves slowly and processes things like music at a slightly slower pace. If you're fully attentive later in the day, you won't feel that dragging of tempo as much.
In the opposite effect, you may experience the sense that things are moving fast at night due to grogginess or drug use that can occur at night. With drugs or sleepiness, things tend to move fast around you while you process very slowly.
Even though it's very hard to hear, sound transmits farther and faster in the early evening in some areas when the weather is warmer compared to when the weather is lower in the morning.
Sound waves travel slower in cold air than in warm air because the molecules hit faster and transmit the pulse in less time in warm air.
You may notice that the speed of music changes when you're working out while you listen to music.
If you're the type of person who likes to listen to music along with their morning jog, and then you play that same song at night thinking that it is somehow slower, it may be because it felt slower in the morning than your faster heart rate at that time.
Now, at night when your heart rate is normal and slower than it was that morning, you may feel that the song is somehow faster since it isn't in competition with your rapid heart rate.
If you're only noticing this when you're out at the club or the bar somewhere, it may just be that the music is literally playing faster.
DJs sometimes need to change the BPM (beats per minute) of a song to fit well with their particular set. If they make a very subtle change, it can be hard to tell if it's just your ears going crazy or if the song is truly playing faster.
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