How listening to music may help improve sleep quality among adults

A Taiwanese-funded study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society highlighted how sleep quality may be improved using music therapy.

In the study, the participants analyzed were in late adulthood. Previously published studies identified through Embase, Ovid Medline, Cochrane Library, Scopus, and the Index to Taiwan Periodical Literature System led to the findings.

By the inclusion of five randomized control trials, researchers were able to determine how listening to music aided in receiving more sleep at night time.

According to the results, sedative music, as opposed to rhythm-centered music, improved sleep quality among the participants.

While the participants were merely older adults, the results of the study may also apply to younger adults.

Based on the study’s conclusion: “Music therapy is safe and easy to administer and can effectively improve sleep quality among older adults, particularly those listening to more sedative music for at least a four‐week duration.”

The study was published online on April 20th, 2021.

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