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MUSIC CALMS, RELAXES AND HELPS TO SLEEP

MUSIC CALMS, RELAXES AND HELPS TO SLEEP

Relaxing music induces sleep
Relaxing classical music is safe, cheap and easy way to beat insomnia (1). Many people who suffer from insomnia find that Bach music helps them. Researchers have shown that just 45 minutes of relaxing music before bedtime can make for a restful night (2).
Relaxing music reduces sympathetic nervous system activity, decreases anxiety, blood pressure, heart and respiratory rate and may have positive effects on sleep via muscle relaxation and distraction from thoughts.
Music reduces stress and aids relaxation
Listening to slow, quiet classical music, is proven to reduce stress (3). Countless studies have shown that music’s relaxing effects can be seen on anyone, including newborns.
One of the great benefits of music as a stress reliever is that it can be used while you do your usual deeds so that it really doesn’t take time.

How does music reduce stress?

Physical relaxation.

Music can promote relaxation of tense muscles, enabling you to easily release some of the tension you carry from a stressful day.

Aids in stress relief activities.

Music can help you get “into the zone” when practicing yoga, self hypnosis or guided imagery, can help you feel energized when exercising and recover after exercising, help dissolve the stress when you’re soaking in the tub.

Reduces negative emotions.

Music, especially upbeat tunes, can take your mind off what stresses you, and help you feel more optimistic and positive. This helps release stress and can even help you keep from getting as stressed over life’s little frustrations in the future. Researchers discovered (4) that music can decrease the amount of the cortisol, a stress-related hormone produced by the body in response to stress…”

Retrieved from EMedExpert on May 24, 2016, http://www.emedexpert.com/tips/music.shtml

References
1. Harmat L, Taka’cs J, Bo’dizs R. Music improves sleep quality in students. J Adv Nurs. 2008 May;62(3):327-35. PubMed
2. Lai HL, Good M. Music improves sleep quality in older adults. J Adv Nurs. 2005 Feb;49(3):234-44.
3. Labbe’ E, Schmidt N, Babin J, Pharr M. Coping with stress: the effectiveness of different types of music. Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback. 2007 Dec;32(3-4):163-8. PubMed
4. Khalfa S, Bella SD, Roy M, Peretz I, Lupien SJ. Effects of relaxing music on salivary cortisol level after psychological stress. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2003 Nov;999:374-6. PubMed

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