What relieves stress, lifts your mood, strengthens your immune system, reverses effects of aging and can calm better than a sedative? Music of course! Watch this clip for more on this great study put together by two psychologists at Montreal’s McGill University giving us another reason to make it and enjoy it!
Music boosts the body’s immune system and is more effective than prescription drugs in reducing anxiety before a surgery, a research review from two psychologists at Montreal’s McGill University suggests.
“I think the promise of music as medicine is that it’s natural and it’s cheap and it doesn’t have the unwanted side effects that many pharmaceutical products do,” said Daniel Levitin, who co-authored the review recently published in the journal Trends in Cognitive Science…
The review found 15 studies showing that people’s levels of a stress hormone called cortisol dropped after they listened to relaxing music, indicating a reduction in stress. One paper even compared patients at a hospital before surgery who were randomly assigned to either listen to music or take an anti-anxiety drug such as Valium.
“People who received the music had lower anxiety levels than people who had the drugs and without side effects,” Levitin said.