How Listening To Music Can Boost Your Immune System And Reduce Stress.
Researchers from Sussex University and the Max Plank Institute in Leipzoig, Germany have discovered that after listening to less than 60 minutes of uplifting music, levels of antibodies in volunteers’ bodies increased. They also found that stress hormone levels, which can weaken the immune system, decreased after being exposed to the music.
Musicians who played an instrument along with the music also benefited from the immune boost. The researchers say their findings show how music may be able to help aid patients’ recovery whilst recovering in hospital.They also found that playing music while a patient was under anesthetic during an operation also helped to lower the levels of harmful stress hormones.
Dr Ronny Enk, a neurocognition expert, who led the research, said:
“We think the pleasant state that can be induced by music leads to special physiological changes which eventually lead to stress reduction or direct immune enhancement”. “Stress reduction probably plays an important role, but the stress reducing effect seems to be different for various types of music.”
During the research, 300 people where asked to listen to less than an hour of happy, joyful music or to a random collection of tones. They found that levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, decreased significantly in those listening to the music compared to the control group. After listening, the levels of the antibody immunoglobulin A, the immune system’s first line of defense, were heightened.
The researchers did not test whether different types of music would have different affects, but previous research suggests that it doesn’t matter which kind of music you listen to as long as you, personally, find it pleasing or uplifting it can also influence the stress reducing impact it can have. Dr Enk added:
“We’d expect that different kinds of music might show different physiological and immunological effects. Not only the music itself is important but probably the personal appraisal of the listener will also be important”.
We did not use relaxing music, but rather exciting music that were joyful dance tunes from different centuries. Listening to music in hospitals might show benefits for patients and may for example lead to shorter recovery times, but we are still to test this”.
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