Have you ever gone for a car ride with someone who didn’t listen to music? Instead, they preferred talk radio or even worse silence (yikes!). I could never understand those people – I need music when I’m driving – the louder the better. Well, it turns out there’s good news for us music lovers, it may be good for our health.
Research on music and the brain has shown that it can reduce stress, alleviate pain and promote relaxation. And new research from the Cleveland Clinic shows that music can even reach into deep brain structures unrelated to hearing and memory to literally soothe nerves.
Studies have also shown how great music can be for reducing stress – especially before an operation or medical procedure. In fact, it was shown that relaxing music significantly decreases the level of anxiety of patients in a preoperative setting better than medication – without any side effects. How cool is that? In other studies, subjects who listened to music before a stressful event showed lower cortisol levels for more than an hour following the event when compared to those facing the same stress without music.