The eighth: The secret of sleeping train music (second part)
-Why do you get sleepy on the train? The secret of "fluctuation"

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Hiroshi Bando

medical doctor

Councilor of the Japanese Society of Anti-Aging Medicine

Director of Shikoku Branch of the Japanese Society of Integrative Medicine

* You can read the first part of this article from the following.

The seventh: The secret of sleeping train music (first part) -relaxation brought about by "fluctuation"-

When I was swayed by the train, I felt drowsy and drowsy.

I think there are many people who have such experience.

A state of drowsiness can be rephrased as a state of relaxation of mind and body.

In this second part of "The Secret of Sleeping Train Music", let's unravel the secret of getting sleepy on the train.

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1. The secret is "fluctuation" -for meditation with the stimulus received from the train


When young to middle-aged people get on the train, they often feel comfortable in the space.

There are various reasons such as almost regular sounds emitted from the joints of rails, engine sounds and vibrations of the vehicle body, the force of acceleration felt by the body, vision to recognize spatial movement, landscape, soundscape, etc.


Various "fluctuations" are inherent in these, and it is thought that comprehensive healing will be provided.  

Let's explain this mental and physical condition medically.

Train stimulus creates a meditative state

Humans have autonomic nerves.

It is a nerve that controls the body well without being conscious of it.

The sympathetic nerve and the parasympathetic nerve, which work in reverse, maintain an exquisite balance.

The sympathetic nerves activate the body during the day, while the parasympathetic nerves rest the body at night .

When you are sitting on the train, you feel comfortable in a quiet situation with moderate stimulation.

In other words, it can be said that it is common to such behaviors such as deep breathing, stretching, listening to favorite songs, relaxing and pensive, and meditating.


2. Railway bean knowledge-Tetsu Otaku is also a shooting iron and a riding iron sound iron


Railroad enthusiasts are familiarly called "railroad geeks", commonly known as "iron geeks".

Among them, the taking iron (Toritsu) that takes pictures and the riding iron (Noritsu) that mainly rides are famous.

There is also Ototetsu, where you can enjoy train sounds, home station information, melodies, and announcements.


In the sound of trains, rattling noises and vibrations occur as you pass through the rail seams.

This moderate stimulus has the power to soothe people.


Music has been used at various stations.

Airport chimes are played at Haneda and Shinagawa, "Blue Light Yokohama" is played at Yokohama, and "Akisakura" is played at Kurihama Station.


If you ask each station nationwide, you will come across a moving song that is associated with various ties.


3. Dvorak's New World


Czech composer Dvorak is famous as the originator of "Railway Nerd".

He was active at the end of the 19th century and acted as a bridge between classical and pop music.


Japanese poetry is attached to the second movement of the symphony of the representative song "From the New World" , and it is familiar as "The sun has fallen on a distant mountain".


He has loved railroads since he was a child, and even when he was teaching at the Prague Music School, his lesson schedule was based on railroad schedules.


At the age of 51, I was invited as the director of the American Conservatory.

It is said that he agreed to experience the latest railways in the New World.

At that time, the "new world" meant the land of the United States, and I was expecting various developments.

Here are the lyrics of "The sun has fallen on a distant mountain".

The sun falls on a distant mountain and the stars do not stud the sky 
If you finish doing today's work and feel at ease 
The wind is cool

The last "Madoisen" is written as "Madoisen, Dani", and "Shears in a circle, sits in a wheelchair, has a good time with close people gathering and talking, and having a good time. ) ”.

It's music and lyrics that really permeate your heart.

Listen, sing, and taste.


4. Rest your brain with a sleep and rejuvenate


This time, an album with soundscapes such as trains, trains, stations, crowd sounds and people's voices related to trains has been released on distribution and CD (Tre sleep series).

If you listen carefully, it's as if your childhood landscape boiled up and revived in your heart. Please try it once.

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Series 8th, according to Hiroshi Bando teacher "to become sleepy in the sleep train music of secret (Part) - Train Why? Secret - of the" fluctuation "" it was.

This summary

  1. The secret is "fluctuation" -for meditation with the stimulus received from the train

  2. Railroad Travel Tips-Iron Otaku is also a shooting iron and a riding iron sound iron

  3. The "new world" seen by Dvorak

  4. Rest your brain with a sleep and get vitality

Recommended music this time

Supervised by Dr. Bando, who wrote this column

We would like to introduce the following two albums from the "Train Sound Healing" series supervised by a doctor of medicine.

You can enjoy a virtual experience as if you were on a train and train music with calm music.

The series will be supervised by Professor Bando, who wrote this column.


In addition, a CD that summarizes the Tore Sleep series is also on sale.

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Hiroshi Bando

Doctor of Medicine Councilor, Japanese Society of Anti-Aging Medicine

Director of Shikoku Branch of the Japanese Society of Integrative Medicine

After graduating from Tokushima University and obtaining ECFMG qualification, clinical training in family medicine in the United States. His areas of expertise include anti-aging, carbohydrate restriction, music therapy, and sports medicine. Participated in the national polity as an ice skater (1999-2003). President of the 9th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Music Therapy (2009). The 3rd European International Piano Competition (EIPIC) in Japan Silver Award (2012). President of the Japan Primary Care Association (2017, Takamatsu).
Editor-in-Chief (Editor-in-Chief, 2020) of four English medical journals related to diabetes. Over 30 books, over 2,000 printed matter, over 250 English treatises. Representative of Tokushima, "New Elderly Society".

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Everyone, relax with the sound of the train!