music

Hey Gorgeous!

As you probably know, music and dance have always been a part of my life. I’m a former Latin Dance champion, but I love music of all kinds. And now that I’ve discovered this research on the wild benefits of listening to music, I might just love it even more!

This is really interesting stuff, beauties, and I’m so excited to share it with you.

The idea of “musical therapy” is nothing new. I mean, humans have been making music for more than 40,000 years. And we have documentation of music being used as therapy as far as 2,000 years ago.

Scientists started paying attention about 100 years ago, when the Journal of the American Medical Association published an experiment on playing a phonograph in operating rooms to calm (and distract) patients during surgery. (Keep in mind the patients were wide awake!)

Things have changed a lot since then, but now researchers are again looking to try music for pre-surgery patient care for those same calming results. Of course, drugs like midazolam, which is similar to Valium, also calm the nerves, but some people don’t react so well to it and actually get more anxious.

This exciting study suggested that playing relaxing music might actually be more effective at reducing stress than regular drugs. Heart rate was lower. Blood pressure was lower. Anxiety scores were lower. Not just “the same as”—but lower. Soft jazz was better and had fewer side effects than midazolam.

But I know you’re super smart and sexy, so you’re probably not that surprised about all this. We’ve all experienced how music can calm anxiety, haven’t we?

So here’s something really exciting: Certain studies indicate that music might have an effect on our metabolism, too.

Listening to music—music we like—seems to increase our metabolic rate enough that we burn around 28 extra calories per day without changing anything else. I know 28 calories isn’t so much, but the really exciting fact here is that something totally unconnected to diet, like listening to music, can have a positive effect on our metabolism.

Sexy, right?

And if it gets you in the mood for a little booty-shaking action… or other kinds of action, even better!

Beauties, I want to hear from you, too. What music are you listening to today? Share in the comments below!

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Xx,

Donna

 

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