“Music has charms to sooth the savage beast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.” Now new research is showing that music, specifically classical music, lowers blood pressure too. Researchers in Germany wanted to know what effect different types of music had on stressor, cortisol levels, and blood pressure. Cortisol is a life sustaining adrenal hormone essential to the maintenance of homeostasis.
Cortisol called “the stress hormone,” influences, regulates or modulates many of the changes that occur in the body in response to stress.
The research, published in the journal Deutsche Arzteblatt International found that listening to music by Mozart and Strauss for 25 minutes lowered both systolic blood pressure (this is when your heart contracts and blood is forced through the arteries) and diastolic blood pressure (when the heart is at rest between beats). If they regularly listened to Mozart, Strauss or ABBA it still reduced their blood pressure in the study.
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The researchers suggested that, in order for music to reduce blood pressure, it should have no lyrics, have few changes in volume or rhythm, have harmonies that ‘are not rousing’, and that certain parts of the music should be repeated in intervals.
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Written by Eli Ben-Yehuda Eli is a licensed Registered Nurse with 17 years experience. Eli graduated with a major in nursing and a minor in psychology. His postgraduate training was in trauma, oncology, and cardiology.
With a passion for health advocacy Eli researches and writes many articles concerning improving the lives of people diagnosed with high blood pressure and the complication they experience. He believes educating people is the best way to improve their overall health.
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