A recent study by the European Society of Cardiology has examined the health implications of listening to yoga music, which is a kind of calming or meditative music. The analysis found that exposure to yoga music at bedtime is good for the heart.
The study was commissioned by dr. Naresh Sen, a consultant cardiologist at HG SMS Hospital in Jaipur, India. 19659005] "We use music therapy in our hospital, and in this study we have shown that yoga music has a positive impact on heart rate variability before sleep," Dr. Sen.
Although previous studies have shown that music can reduce anxiety in patients with heart disease, the impact of music on healthy people has remained unclear. The research has yielded contradictory results, probably due to the fact that the type of music used was not the focus.
Low heart rate variability is associated with a 32 to 45 percent higher risk of the first cardiovascular event. After an incident, people with low heart rate variability are at increased risk for subsequent cardiac events and deaths.
Heart rate variability was measured in the current study while participants were listening to Yoga music. The study involved 1
Heart rate variability was measured five minutes before the session. ten minutes during the session and five minutes after the end of the music or silence session. In addition, the anxiety scores were assessed before and after each session on the Goldberg Scoreboard.
The researchers found that heart rate variability increased during yoga music, while pop music declined and did not change significantly during the silence.
The study also showed that post-yoga anxiety levels decreased significantly after pop music increased significantly and increased after the session with no music. In addition, the participants felt much more positive after the Yoga music than after the pop music.
According to Dr. For Sen, this type of therapy is not a substitute for evidence-based drugs and interventions, but could be complementary.
"Science may not always have agreed, but Indians have long believed in the power of various therapies other than drugs as a treatment for disease." said Dr. Sen. "This is a small study, and further research is needed on the cardiovascular effects of music interventions offered by a trained music therapist, but listening to soothing music at bedtime is a cheap and easy-to-implement therapy that does no harm
The research was presented at the ESC Congress 2018
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