Replace Your Rock & Pop Music Playlist With Classical & Reap The Health Benefits
We all know that listening to music can affect our emotions… some would say that listening to classical music is medicine for the soul… but is it good for your health?
Research concludes that listening to relaxing or classical music has a number of health benefits. Here’s a list of reasons why you should be listening to more classical and relaxing instrumental-only music.
If you’d like to use music to experience better health, I’ve compiled a special playlist for you that you can start listening to straight away (it’s completely free). It’s my favorite compilation of relaxing piano (plus a few contemporary tracks I couldn’t resist adding). See the bottom of this article… click and enjoy!
Decrease Your Blood Pressure
A study by Oxford University found that participants who listened to classical music had significantly lower systolic blood pressure levels (M = 2.1 mmHg above pre-stress baseline) than did participants who heard no music (M = 10.8 mmHg). Other musical styles did not produce significantly better recovery than silence.
Music’s Effect On Pain, Depression, And Disability
Research in 2006 found that chronic pain sufferers felt less pain after listening to classical music compared to those who didn’t.
A randomized controlled clinical trial was carried out with people aged 21-65 years with chronic pain.
They were randomly assigned to a standard classical music group, patterning music group, and a control group.
Pain was measured with the McGill Pain Questionnaire short form.
Depression was measured with the Center for Epidemiology Studies Depression scale.
Disability was measured with the Pain Disability Index.
Results: The classical and relaxing music groups reported less pain, depression, and disability than the control group.
Reduce Stress Levels
Listening to classical or relaxing music can be an extremely effective stress management tool.
Stress can either increase the risk or make serious health issues worse. On the flip side, being in a state of relaxation can help counter all of these things—all from listing to classical or relaxing music.
A study from the University of Zurich reported a significant decrease of the stress hormone cortisol as a result of listening to classical or relaxing music after a stressful situation.
Researchers at Stanford University conclude that “listening to music seems to be able to change brain functioning to the same extent as medication.”
A 2017 study found that listening to ‘happy’ music (defined as classical tunes) that were upbeat and stimulating, helped people perform better on tasks that involved ‘divergent’ thinking; which is a core component of creativity.
Increased Dopamine Levels (pleasure hormone)
Dopamine is known as the feel-good neurotransmitter—a chemical that ferries information between neurons.
According to a new study by the University of Helsinki, listening to classical music enhanced the activity of genes involved in dopamine secretion and transport, synaptic neurotransmission, learning and memory, and down-regulated the genes mediating neurodegeneration.
Classical Music And Stroke Recovery
Few things are more depressing than strokes, and since stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, few things are more important. Music cannot solve a problem this large, but a 2008 study suggests it can help.
Sixty patients were enrolled in the study soon after they were hospitalized for major strokes. All received standard stroke care; in addition, a third of the patients were randomly assigned to listen to recorded music for at least one hour a day, another third listened to audiobooks, and the final group did not receive auditory stimulation.
After three months, verbal memory improved 60% in the music listeners, as compared with 18% in the audiobook group and 29% in the patients who did not receive auditory stimulation.
In addition, the music listeners’ ability to perform and control mental operations — a skill called focused attention — improved by 17%, while the other patients did not improve at all.
A Natural Remedy For Insomnia
Relaxing classical music is an effective intervention in reducing sleeping problems.
Research reveals that listening to your favorite tracks for around 45 minutes before you go to bed, it can help improve sleep quality. Several studies have noted that the tempo of the music matters and that the ideal rhythm to prepare for some good quality sleep is around 60 beats per minute.
As Promised, I Would Like To Share My Favorite Relaxing Piano Playlist With You
These are my all-time favorite relaxing piano compositions (and a couple of beautiful instrumental tracks I couldn’t resist adding).
It’s from a “social media radio station” (Spotify) that allows you to create, listen to, and share your favorite playlists + more.
Simply follow this link and enjoy the music! (it doesn’t cost anything).
There’s a nice mix of contemporary and classical… that melts stress within minutes!
Since it’s instrumental only, I enjoy listening to this beautiful music while I’m:
– Reading a book
– Surfing the net
– Creating art
– Doing yoga
– Making dinner
What’s cool about Spotify, is that you can pick out your favorite tracks from my playlist, and then create your own playlist out of it.
Not sure if relaxing piano is for you?
Click on the play button below to hear samples of the this beautiful piano playlist…
I’d love to hear your favorites in the comment section below!