Recipe for a Good Night’s Sleep

When was the last time you got a really good night’s sleep and woke up truly refreshed? Now, imagine what it would be like if that were a nightly occurrence. Sound wonderful? Sleeplessness is a chronic problem for tens of millions of Americans. And getting insufficient sleep isn’t just a matter of feeling lousy in […]

Music—Better than Counting Sheep

July 2015 We’re not just “Sleepless in Seattle”! Our whole nation appears sleep deprived with over 70 million of us suffering some sleep disorder, while millions of others just try to get by on too little sleep. The long term risks of sleep deprivation include: high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity, depression, mental impairment, […]

Here’s Your Brain on Too Little Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep consistently is crucial to brain health. Insufficient sleep can result in hallucinations, psychosis, and long-term memory impairment. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the average adult needs 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. But, alas, we are a sleep deprived society. The American Sleep Disorders Association recognizes more […]

Sleep Deprivation Nearly Killed Him

At 18, Seth Maxonwas troubled by the thought that he would spend a third of his life asleep. So on “little more than impulse” he decided to conduct an experiment to see how many days he could go without sleep. Armed with will-power and espresso he managed to stay awake for at least four days […]

This Music Can Relieve Stress and Promote Health

For millennia, music has provided not only beautiful expression of the human spirit and creativity, but also therapeutic value in relieving stress, anxiety, pain and even severe trauma. Experientially, we’ve known about the therapeutic side of music all along. But in recent years the medical community has come to recognize music as powerful, complementary treatment […]

5 Ways to De-Stress with Music

Think about the last time you experienced a stressful situation. Chances are you experienced many of the following symptoms: Increased heartrate Heightened blood pressure A knot in your stomach A headache Trembling hands and voice Anxiety, anger, depression, or some other strong, unpleasant emotion Afterwards, you may have even experienced flashbacks to whatever unpleasant situation […]

Musical Relief from the Stress that Is Killing Us

To claim that stress is the number one killer in the US might not be far off the mark. In fact, the American Medical Associationestimates that 80% of doctor visits are stress-induced. And they’re also finding links between stress and major, deadly conditions like stroke. Job stress, relational stress, and a host of other causes, […]

Music the Antidote for PTSD

After serving in combat in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Sergeant Dunson finds relief from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) through music. And he’s only one of many experiencing tremendous respite through music from the stresses of combat. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs has found that music is not only beneficial in relieving patients’ PTSD symptoms, […]

Grow Bigger, Better Plants with this Music

Whether music really helps plants flourish has been the subject of debate for years. But South Korean scientists have now proven that playing music—and especially classical pieces—really does help plants thrive. Classical music and music of a similar type causes the genes in plants to be more active and stimulates the opening of the stigma […]

3 Ways to Improve Your Green Thumb with Music

“I love the colorful clothes she wears And the way the sunlight plays upon her hair I hear the sound of a gentle word On the wind that lifts her perfume through the air I’m pickin’ up good vibrations She’s giving me excitations.” Those verses from the 1966 hit Beach Boys’ song, “Good Vibrations,” could […]