Music has a tremendous impact on our lives. There was no need of an article or science, surely! You noticed yourself how listening to music can lift your mood, give you energy or even relax you. The effects are always beneficial and can vary on the person and most importantly on the genre.

A metal rock track will give you a energy boost while, on the other hand, a relaxing and slow sound will have a soothing effect on body and mind.

Today, I want to talk about the latter.

Many people have made of relaxing and meditation music part of their lifestyle, especially when it comes to studying, relaxing and sleeping. And this is not just a trend because this music does really have an impact on our bodies and for the most skeptical, the rest of this article will include scientific studies with have proven the correlationship…and I will also share a video to get you relaxed and – in case you didn’t yet – start this “relaxing journey”.

Science and correlation between relaxing music and health

Listening to Meditation music can have a tremendously relaxing effect on our minds and bodies, especially slow, quiet and classical music. This type of music can have a beneficial effect on us by slowing down the pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing the levels of stress hormones.

It also has a direct effect on the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps your body relax and prepare for sleep. Older adults who listen to 45 minutes of relaxing music before bed fall asleep faster, sleep longer, wake up less during the night, and rate their nights as more restful than when they don’t listen to music.

Citing a few studies, “Music very much has a way of enhancing quality of life and can, in addition, promote recovery”, concluded researchers in a study with the goal of exploring how music therapy can improve health outcomes among a variety of patient populations.

In another study the researchers also found that listening to and playing music increase the body’s production of the antibody immunoglobulin A and natural killer cells – the cells that attack invading viruses and boost the immune system’s effectiveness. Music also reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

“This is one reason why music is associated with relaxation”, added the leading researcher of the project, Levitin.

Another study conducted in 2013 that measured several indicators of stress (not just cortisol) concluded that listening to relaxing music after a stressful event can help your nervous system recover faster.

And there is countless of studies out there which prove the benefits of improving life by, simply, listening to some music. So give it a try! 🙂

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