Relaxing music can’t cure insomnia, but it can help you sleep better, a new study says.
In the study published in the journal Sleep Medicine, researchers looked at the effects of relaxing music on people with chronic insomnia.
They found that relaxing music helped them fall asleep more quickly, but did not cause them to fall asleep.
The study also found that people who listened to relaxing music at bedtime had better sleep quality than those who listened in the middle of the night.
The study found that the best way to relax was during the day.
“Music is not just relaxing,” said study author, Michael J. Hildebrandt, PhD, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“It’s also a very effective treatment for insomnia.”
The study was led by Sarah Sall, PhD in the UW’s Department of Psychology and director of the Sleep Research Center.
Sall and her colleagues conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study with 6 participants who experienced chronic insomnia and 6 healthy controls.
The participants were instructed to listen to relaxing, classical music in their sleep chambers at home.
Participants were instructed not to listen at night, but were also instructed to do the same at work.
After completing the study, participants were then given a questionnaire that asked them to rate the quality of their sleep, and their subjective quality of life.
“We didn’t see any difference between the two groups,” Sall said.
“I think that the effect was the same, and I think it was pretty good,” said Dr. Karen M. Smith, PhD and senior author of the study.
“It was pretty much an extension of the effect we found in a similar study,” Smith added.
“We think that there may be some biological changes that occur during sleep that contribute to the effects we saw.”
Sall said she and her team also tested the effect of relaxing on patients with insomnia in the outpatient setting.
They asked participants to sleep in their own bed for 10 minutes, and then to stay awake for 15 minutes.
The patients in the relaxing music condition slept for about 8 hours longer than those in the control group, and they experienced fewer side effects such as dizziness and muscle twitching.
Smith said her team is currently conducting more studies in people who are already experiencing insomnia.
The hope is that these findings will lead to more effective treatments.SALL said he is excited by the results, but thinks that more research is needed before the music therapy industry will start taking this new approach seriously.
“In a way, we hope it will open up the field,” he said.
“Music therapy is not something that is easy to get off the ground, and that’s why it’s such a big challenge to bring it into the mainstream.
Music therapy is a lot more difficult to get into.”
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