Music Saves Lives; Literally
By: Joel Freimark
Good news for people who say that listening to music makes them feel better and healthier: science now has proof to support your claims. A recent clinical study showed that cardiac patients who were required to listen to their favorite music for only thirty minutes each day showed significant health improvements over those who did the recommended exercise regiment without the addition of a listening time.
The study was undertaken at The University of Nis in Serbia, and it said that the patients who listened to music showed overall improved function in the heart, most notably changes in endothelial function, which is one of the keys to maintaining proper vascular response. In the notes on the study, the scientists believe that this was due to the release of certain hormones from listening to music, and that the fact that the study allowed the patients to pick their own “favorite music” proved that it was not the type of music that caused the change, but the relationship the patient had with the music in question.
Within the group that were required to listen to music, the scientists did notice that more aggressive music, like hardcore and heavy metal, seemed to produce less endorphins than those who listened to music of quieter style; but even those who did listen to the more “stressful” styles of music showed notable improvement over the patients not listening to music at all.
While the study in question was only carried out on patients who have heart disease, the scientists behind it firmly believe that the idea will be just as successful with nearly any other medical issue, and the head of the experiment, Professor Delijanin Ilic stated that similar improvements are likely for healthy people who incorporate a simple, uninterrupted thirty minute listening session into their daily lives.
So for all you music fanatics, there is now scientific proof that actively listening to music every day is good for your health.