Music is key to a good night’s sleep – and soothing tunes are the most beneficial, scientists say

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Music is key to a good night’s sleep – and soothing tunes are the most beneficial, scientists say

  • Scientists at National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan have made a discovery
  • They found that older adults who listen to music before going to bed sleep better
  • Melodies with a slow beat worked best, according to the new study

If you’re having a hard time sleeping well, listening to music can help, scientists suggest.

But make sure to tune in to the mellow tones of Norah Jones or Enya – as soothing music turned out to be the most beneficial.

Scientists at National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan found that older adults who listen to music before going to bed sleep better than those who don’t.

Slow beat melodies worked best, according to the study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Scientists at National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan found that older adults who listen to music before going to bed sleep better than those who don't

Scientists at National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan found that older adults who listen to music before going to bed sleep better than those who don’t

In an analysis of five studies involving nearly 300 people, researchers found that older adults who listen to music experience significantly better sleep quality than those who don’t.

The article reads: “According to previous studies, an estimated 40-70 percent of older adults have sleep problems.

The results of our analysis showed that older adults assigned to the group that received music therapy reported significantly better sleep quality than the control group that did not listen to music.

“We found that listening to calming music produced a significantly greater improvement in sleep quality than rhythmic music.” They suggest that calming music may be preferable as it decreases nervous system activity and promotes deep relaxation and calm.

Slow beat melodies worked best, according to the study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Slow beat melodies worked best, according to the study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

In the study, calming music was characterized by a slow tempo of 60-80 beats per minute, soft volume and smooth melody.

Meanwhile, rhythmic music was classified with fast tempos, loud volume, and rhythmic patterns.

The researchers at National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan said, “Music intervention is an effective strategy and is easy to administer by a caregiver or health professional.

“Music therapy could be the first line of therapy recommended in older adults with sleep disorders, reducing the need for sedative and sleep medication dependence.”

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