Lend an Ear for Better Health
By Tom Herrin
A fine-tuned mind and body is likely what most people would like to have. It takes a lot of work for some while others are able to accomplish it much easier. Genetics can be a huge factor, but there are other things that can be done to improve health without some of the pain and agony that many people go through in order the achieve the results. One of the less stressful ways of doing something good for health is listening to music. Among the kinds of music that have shown to produce results is jazz. Many who listen to it have seen its benefits.
It Can Relieve Stress
For years, people have probably had the idea of listening to jazz as kicking back and taking it easy. It seems there is a little more to it than just that. The rhythm and beat of jazz can have a positive effect on brain waves. Some rates of beats per minute can help people to relax but stay conscious while others can help people sleep better. With the number of people who have sleep problems today, it may be a good alternative. Studies have shown that listening to jazz for an hour per day for one week can also reduce depression.
It May Help after Strokes
Music has been used with people who experienced health issues with pretty good success. Studies have shown that it improved some kind of memory, focus, and mood. All of these are often affected by strokes. Those stroke victims who listened to music as part of their recovery showed a 60 percent improvement in their verbal memory as compared to 29 percent for those who did not listen to music. Focused attention increased 17 percent for listeners compared to no increase for those who did not listen.
It May Help Relieve Pain
Many of us experience pain. We try all kinds of things to help ease it. Many kinds are very treatable, but headaches are one of those things that can interfere with the ability to perform everyday tasks effectively. Listening to jazz has been shown to be effective in reducing duration and intensity of headaches, including migraines. I find it particularly helpful when I have had such problems. Listening is a pretty easy way to try to improve health, and it has no real costs. For your own good, try lending an ear.
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