Classical music can be a wonderful thing to experience and science actually shows us that classical music in particular can have the power to improve our health. Here are five ways you might benefit from listening to classical music.

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• Classical Music Might Lower Our Blood Pressure

Researchers from the University of Oxford presented findings at the British Cardiovascular Society Conference in Manchester recently that certain genres of music appear to lower blood pressure. The researchers believe that the key may be the 10-second repeated rhythm that is found in many classical works such as Va Pensiero, Nessun Dorma, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

• Can’t Sleep? Try Some Sebelius/h3>

Controlled studies have shown that students who listen to classical music tend to sleep better and sometimes for longer than those who listen to things like audiobooks or nothing at all. It’s unlikely that classical music alone will cure a chronic case of insomnia, but it might be that if you’re just having a rough patch, classical music could form part of an improved sleep routine.

• Classical Music May Help Calm Your Road Rage/h3>

Due to the fact that classical music is calming, some therapists have recommended classical music as part of a stress reduction program for people who experience what’s often termed “road rage.”

• Classical Music Could Help You Study Better/h3>

Researchers have repeatedly tested the so-called Mozart effect, and found that it doesn’t hold true. However, what the research does show is that well-chosen background music can help to make for a better study experience which in turn might lead to better fact retention and cognitive performance.

• Classical Music May Help Boost Your Mood/h3>

Some studies have shown that classical music and other, so called softer music might be good for helping to ease depressive states. The reason why that might be isn’t fully understood, but some researchers think it’s because it helps us to regulate our breathing better and generally relaxes us in ways that other interventions can’t. As above, classical music also improves sleep quality, and this in turn is a known benefit for combating mood disorders. Other studies have shown that music in general helps to elevate our moods.