Neighbourhood Lifestyle Desk/Avi Arya: According to a study from Indian researchers yoga music before sleep is considered to be good for the heart. Naresh Sen, Consultant Cardiologist at HG SMS Hospital in Jaipur, Rajasthan said that “We use music therapy in our hospital and in this study we showed that yoga music has a beneficial impact on heart rate variability before sleeping”.
This type of study was presented at the ongoing European Society of Cardiology Congress 2018 in Germany, which investigated the impacts of listening to yoga music which is considered soothing, before bedtime to test the heart rate. This test includes 149 healthy people who participated in three sessions on separate nights: yoga music before sleep at night, pop music with steady beats before sleep at night and no music or silence before sleep at night.
During each session the heart rate was measured for five minutes before the music or starting of the silence, ten minutes during the music/silence and five minutes after it stopped. Researchers have found that the heart rate increases during the yoga music, decreases during the pop music, and didn’t change during the silence.
Sen said that “Science may have not always agreed, but Indians have long believed in the power of various therapies other than medicines as a mode of treatment for ailments”, and also added “This is a small study, and more research is needed on the cardiovascular effects of music interventions offered by a trained music therapist. But listening to soothing music before bedtime is a cheap and easy to implement therapy that cannot cause harm”.