By Euro Weekly News Media • 14 July 2015 • 9:57
STRESS RELIEF: Listening to music reduces cortisol.
OVER the centuries the expression “music soothes a savage breast” has been retained to refer to the ability of soothing music to deal with nervous or aggressive behaviour. This, however, is not the only benefit it provides. Studies have shown many positive effects that music can have on improving our physical and emotional state.
RelaxationListening to music triggers reactions in our brains that have a direct effect on our mood and is able to reduce our body’s levels of cortisol, a hormone related to stress and anxiety.
Fights pain Several studies have shown the ability of music to reduce chronic pain caused by diseases such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. This is one of the reasons why some hospitals offer the possibility of going to music therapy for patients who suffer pain. According to research, music serves as a distraction and causes the body to release endorphins that act as natural painkillers.
Lowers blood pressureListening to relaxing music for at least 30 minutes a day causes our blood pressure to reduce, improving blood circulation and therefore heart health.
Brain stimulationMedical research has revealed that listening to music or playing an instrument improves parts of the brain which help learning and information retention. Listening to music can also improve concentration and creativity.
Promotes sleepMaybe not rock or pop music, but listening to gentle, relaxing music can help achieve truly restful sleep.
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