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The #1 Reason to Sing Karaoke Tonight

Date:14-07-2013 06:50:06 read:5
Category:Life Style-->Entertainment

Sing your heart out tonight.

Talk about harmony. Singers’ heart rates sync up when they croon the same tune, according to new Swedish research.

Researchers found that as singers breathed deeply during slow songs, their heart rates rose and fell in time with the music—and with each others’. “We could even follow the structure of the songs in the heart’s activity,” says study author Björn Vickhoff, Ph.D.

Why that matters: Talking to the tune activates your vagus nerve, which controls your heart rate. “When you exhale, your heart rate slows down and when you inhale it goes back to normal,” Vickhoff explains. Doctors call this beat-to-beat change your heart rate variability; it serves as a sign of well-functioning communication between your brain and your heart. The closer connection between breathing and heart rate the singers experienced could have similar soothing effects as meditating or doing yoga, reducing the effects of stress on the cardiovascular system.

Even more? Sing in the shower: While joining voices provides extra social and emotional benefits, belting out your favorite tune alone could have similar stress-busting perks to doing it in a group, Vickhoff notes.

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