We already know just how beautiful and soulful Adele's voice is which is why she's such a huge sensation everywhere. But if you thought that was all Adele's songs could do for you, a new study suggests that there's actually much more her songs might be able to help you with. According to the study, listening to piano versions of her songs such as 'Hello' and 'Someone Like You' could actually help reduce stress while driving.
As per the research carried out on women in Brazil, it was found that when driving, these women found it soothing and relaxing to listen to instrumental versions of songs by singers like Adele and Enya. In fact, their songs could help reduce heart rate fluctuations amongst people stuck in heavy traffic, the study stated. Over long periods of time, such fluctuations in heart rate could lead to serious health issues.
The researchers decided to conduct a study on a group of five women. The participants were each given a car and were asked to drive around 3 km during rush hour on busy streets. The study was divided into two halves. First, the women were asked to drive in silence. The second time, they were allowed to listen to music. The entire journey took them about 20 minutes to complete during which the researchers kept a tab on the participants' heart rates.
Data from each half of the study was calculated and it was found that when the participants were listening to music, they hardly felt any cardiac stress as compared to when they had to drive in silence. The songs these participants listened to included 'Hello' and 'Someone Like You' by Adele, 'Exile' by Enya, Christian musician Chris Tomlin's instrumental of 'Amazing Grace', and a meditation tune called 'Electra' by Airstream.
Owing to these results the researchers believe that listening to music might come in handy during stressful situations and could help work as a preventive measure in terms of facing cardiovascular stress. Stay tuned for more updates.