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Backed by Science: Classical Music Effects on the Brain and Body

Listening to classical music can have positive benefits on your body and your mind. Chances are when Back, Tchaikovsky or Brahms were sitting at their respective desks writing this music, they had no idea at the time that they were writing not only great things to listen to, but also great ways people of the future could benefit their own wellbeing with.

There are many scientifically backed reasons for this.

Read on to find out more information about a few ways that listening to classical music can positively benefit your brain and body.

Table of Contents

Blood Pressure

Stress Reduction


Chronic Pain

Sleep Better

Physical Performance


Blood Pressure

Listening to classical music has the ability tolower your blood pressure.

This is because the beat of classical music is slow, akin to a resting human heart rate.

The lower your heart rate, the lower your blood pressure.

This is a good thing, especially if it can assist you in getting off of your blood pressure medications.

Stress Reduction

Classical music can lower stress levels, which will, in turn, have a very positive effect on both your brain and your body.

The sound, tempo, and instrumentation of classical music can soothe you, slow your heart rate, lower your blood pressure and make you feel much more relaxed than you felt prior to listening to classical music.

This is especially beneficial to pregnant women or those who experience a high-risk pregnancy.


Being depressed is, of course, bad for your health, both mentally and physically.

A study done in Mexico concluded that listening to classical music reduced the risk of depression in participants of their study.

Even if you cannot wholly overcome depression by listening to classical music, even if it helps just a little bit, there seems to be no good reason not to give it a try.

The reason listening to classical music can lower your risk of depression is because music stimulates the same part of the brain that sugar or drugs can – the “pleasure center.”

With no calories or risk of getting arrested, listening to classical music seems to be a much easier and safer way to lower your risk of depression than other commonly used methods.

Chronic Pain

Listening to classical music has been shown to make the brain focus on the music rather than on physical pain.

In addition, classical music has also been proved to speed the healing of damaged tissue.

In this regard, listening to classical music could help you recover from injury or surgery in a shorter timeframe than if you do not listen to classical music.

This fact goes hand in hand with lowering your risk of depression, too.

If you succumb to a bad illness or injury, the longer you are laid up or in recovery, the greater your risk of becoming depressed. Therefore, the sooner you can heal and get back to your normal routine, the better.

If listening to classical music can make you heal faster, why wouldn’t you? Put on some headphones, download some Beethoven and get to feeling better fast!

Sleep Better

Listening to classical music both prior to and during sleep is highly beneficial.

Not only will it help you to fall asleep faster, but it will help you stay asleep and thus get better, higher quality sleep.

Headphones are a great, easy, inexpensive and convenient way to listen to any music, especially classical.

This way you will not disturb your neighbors or anyone around you who does not also want to experience a wonderful night’s sleep and wake up feeling well rested and ready to take on the day.

Physical Performance

Multiple studies have shown that listening to music while working out boosts endurance.

With boosted endurance, more calories are able to be burned and thus the workout is more beneficial.

While the type of music that boosts endurance can vary widely depending on a persons’ listening preferences, classical music is definitely in the running.

Headphones are a great way to listen to music while at the gym, too.


Listening to classical music can improve your mood.

In fact, a study is currently being conducted in Germany to find out of listening to classical music while driving in stressful conditions such as bad weather or heavy traffic can lower driver aggression.

The odds are that yes, it can.

Listening to classical music could quite possibly be as beneficial to the health of your brain and body just as much as a well-balanced diet.

With lower blood pressure, better moods, more exercise, enough sleep, no depression, and less chronic pain, who wouldn’t feel better?

There seems to be no good reason not to listen to classical music.

Give it a try and find out for yourself why science backs the claims that listening to classical music can have such positive effects on your brain and body.

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