Check out these proven ways music can do wonders fro your well-being.
To fend off colds: Belt out a song. After performing, singers had higher levels of salivary immunoglobulin A (IgA), a protein that defends against respiratory infections, reveals a study from Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. Opening your mouth wide may stimulate production of IgA. Serenade yourself.
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To soothe stress: Keep the beat. People who participated in weekly hour-long drum circle had lower stress levels, a study in the International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship reports. Drumming is stress-busting, relaxing exercise (akin to brisk walking); plus, the group camaraderie can help banish burnout. Find a circle at Remo.com
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To snooze soundly: Cue up a classical CD. Listening to relaxing music for 45 minutes before bedtime will help you drift off to sleep faster, a study in the Journal of Advanced Nursing notes. A tempo of between 40 and 72 beats per minute is the most sedating, but any tune you find soothing may help. Try the study-tested Mozart: Concerto & Sonata for Two Pianos ($14; Amazon.com.)
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