Here’s a post from our first guest blogger, Penny Bruesewitz, of the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra:
Did you know there are mental health benefits to listening to classical music? Studies have shown that it helps to
- lower stress levels & blood pressure
- fight depression
- improve sleep quality
- enhance mental alertness & memory
Lowers Stress Levels and Blood Pressure
Nietzche says “We listen to music with our muscles” so music can strengthen the heart and even play a part in improving the recovery time of heart patients. An observation made at Massachusetts General Hospital found that heart patients confined to a bed that listened to music for 30 minutes had lower blood pressure, slower heart rates, and less distress than those who didn’t listen to music. Research has shown that music is capable of reducing levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which is responsible for weakening the immune system, increasing risk of heart disease, interfering with learning and memory, increasing blood pressure, etc. It was found that by listening to just 50 minutes of uplifting music the levels of antibodies in the human body increases. While different types of music were not studied, it is important one listens to music they enjoy as personal preference of music does have an effect on overall physical effects.
Reduces Stress and Anxiety
Researchers from Drexel University found that cancer patients who either listened to music or worked with a music therapist experienced a reduction in anxiety, had better blood pressure levels, and improved moods. Music can have positive effects on the psyche, mood, pain, and quality of life as well.
Improves Sleep Quality
Some of the most common things to interfere with sleep are stress and anxiety (heart rates). Since music has the ability to affect both in a positive way, research has found that listening to music at various times promotes better sleep patterns for people and even created more restful sleep. In some cases music might even be able to be used to effectively treat insomnia.
Here’s an interesting article on some positive effects on mental and physical health. This is great news for us today as we add more and more to our schedule. 5 Ways Music Improves Our Health
So, the next time you are feeling down, stressed or tired, enhance your life with music! Listen to a favorite classical piece like Pachelbel Canon in D.* Breathe deep and enjoy!
*Special thanks to Penny for including a link to my favorite classical piece! WY