Classical Music Reduces Pregnancy Stress
Kaohsiung Medical University researchers in Taiwan have determined that pregnant women who listen to classical (or otherwise soothing) music are less likely to endure stress or experience depression throughout their pregnancy.
For their study, the team split the subjects into two groups, with 116 given music CDs and 120 acting as controls. The women given the music each received four CDs, containing about 30 minutes of music.
One CD features lullabies, a second contained classical music, a third featured nature sounds and a fourth was based on soothing crystal music of Chinese nursery rhymes and songs. The tempo of the music was set at 60 to 80 beats per minute, the same as the human heart rate.
The women were told to listen to at least one disc all the way through every day for two weeks -- the results showed those in the music group were far less stressed or depressed at the end of the study, 'The Daily Telegraph' reported.
Before the study, the women in the music group scored 17.44 on the perceived stress scale, which ranges from zero to 30. Afterwards, the stress levels had dropped by an average of 2.15, compared with 0.92 in the control group.
If this works for pregnant women, I wonder how classical music could alter the mindset of everyone else? Perhaps it could curb depression in others as well.