The song that will send your kids to sleep on Christmas Eve, according to science 11 months ago

The song that will send your kids to sleep on Christmas Eve, according to science

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It can be difficult to get the little ones to sleep on Christmas eve.

It doesn't matter how many times we tell them you have to be asleep for Santa to arrive, they can't quite keep their eyes shut.

My son has even gone so far as to ask if he can sleep downstairs to try and sneak a peek at Santa.

If you have the same problem in your house then this song might just be the solution.

Yes that's right, a song that will send them to sleep come Christmas Eve. Can it be true?

A new study has compared classic lullabies to find the perfect formula and revealed a list of those modern day songs likely to send children off to sleep.

The formula used data sourced from Spotify and over 4,500 songs.


The research took the average beats per minute, most common key and time signatures of the top ten classic lullabies, to calculate the ‘perfect’ formula for a modern day lullaby and found a Christmas song to match these exact details.

So what Christmas song is the best to play on Christmas Eve to help get the kids to fall asleep?

According to the research published on Cuckooland, Eartha Kitt's version of Santa Baby most resembled a lullaby and was the most likely to send a child to sleep.

Coming closely behind in second place was Gene Autry's Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) and Stevie Wonder's What Christmas Means To Me.

If you really wanted to, you could create a little Christmas playlist to really make sure that they're asleep in time for the arrival of Mr. Claus.

The other songs included in the Christmas songs that will help your child drift off are:

George Michael – December Song (I Dreamed of Christmas)

Band Aid 30 – Do They Know It’s Christmas

Boney M – Mary’s Boy Child

Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)

Dean Martin – Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!