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Music and Stress: How Does Music Relieve Stress?

Music and its Effect on The Brain

Music is a powerful tool that can control our brain. We know that listening to different types of music can alter our moods, but did you know that listening to certain music can change the speed of your brainwaves? Music can release stress.

Music has profound effects on our emotions. Listening to fast music such as dance music can help you concentrate and get you up and moving. Upbeat music such as most pop music can induce positive and optimistic notions. However, listening to slower music such as some jazz or reggae can calm you down and even help you sleep!

Music To Help You Relax and Sleep

Slower BMP music has been proven to relax your muscles and soothe stress. This works as our brainwaves can match the speed of the music. Music around 60 beats per minute can cause the brain to synchronise and create alpha brain waves which are present when we sleep. This enforces optimum relaxation and can even drift you off to sleep.

Some tracks effective in reducing stress include:

  • Enya - Watermark

  • Adele - Someone Like You

  • Mozart - Canzonetta Sull’aria

  • All Saints - Pure Shores

  • DJ Shah - Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix)

These music tracks are varied genres so you can find the perfect type of music for you to relax to. They are all slow paced songs so, when in a relaxed position, listening to these types of songs will gradually slow your heartbeat down.

The Effect of Music on the Human Stress Response Research

There has been lots of research on how music can affect human’s stress levels. Findings show that music does impact the psychobiological stress system. This means listening to slow paced music can help you recover from stress inducing thoughts or activities.

One paper even found that the sound of rippling water can help you control your stress the best. When participants listened to the sound of rippling water their cortisol levels were the lowest, so the participants were more relaxed.

Rewise Learning

As music relieves stress, why not try learning to play an instrument yourself? We offer many music based home school courses for you to learn when it suits you. Check out our online homes school music courses here:


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