Here at WJBR, we already know how great music is. It comes with countless benefits. Cleaning your house becomes more enjoyable, it can help motivate you in the morning or simmer down at night, it can get you pumped for the weekend, and we’ve already mentioned the health benefits of dancing.
Yet again, music brings us another benefit, and this time its medical. Research conducted at the University of Pennsylvania suggested that music is a legitimate alternative to sedative drugs in reducing patient anxiety before a procedure that requires anesthesia.
In comparison to sedative medications, music comes with nothing but great side effects. Certain medications may cause trouble breathing, agitation, or perhaps even more pain in the end.
Researchers who worked on this study monitored the anxiety levels of patients before a procedure, with and without music. The patients were given noise-cancelling headphones, were not allowed to select the music, and could not change the volume. With countless tests, they saw a steep drop in anxiety levels of patients listening to music before the procedure and higher anxiety in patients not rocking out to the new mix 99.5.
But seriously, how incredible is music?