Anxiety is a very serious problem that affects around 40 million adults in the US alone. That`s around 18% of the total population. People suffering from anxiety know how hard it is to live in a state of constant fear, loss of control and feelings of dread. These disorders drastically reduce the quality of life for millions of people around the world.
Those willing will try almost anything to fight it, from medications and yoga to mediation and massage. Neuroscientists from the U.K. have discovered that listening to this certain song can dramatically reduce the feeling of anxiety.
Music Therapy and Anxiety
A group of researchers from the Mindlab International Institute in the UK did a study in which participants were exposed to great stress but at the same time they listened to a variety of different songs. They were all constantly monitored, connected to sensors that measured their heart rate, blood pressure, breathing and brain activity.
At the end, one particular song titled as “Weightless”, specially designed by Marconi Union resulted in a 65 % reduction in all anxiety levels and also led to 35% reduction in their typical physiological resting rates. The goal was simple, create a song that will lower down blood pressure, slow down heart rate and in the same time lower stress hormones.
In some cases the song was so effective, many participants (most of them female) became drowsy so Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson advises against listening to this song when you`re behind the wheel.
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