Listening to music before bed infects worms

A new study warns of a common habit that many resort to before bed for the purpose of relaxation, which is listening to music, stressing that it infects them with a kind of worms.

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Experts from the US state of Texas found that those who listen to more music before bed suffer from persistent “earworms”, a term related to catchy songs that are hard to forget and get rid of, as well as a lack of sleep.

The study was led by Professor Michael Scullen, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor University, who had a personal experience with earworms, when he woke up earlier in the middle of the night with a song stuck in his head.

Ear worms most commonly affect people while they are awake, but the new study finds that they can have an effect while they are trying to fall asleep.

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The study, published in Psychological Science, revealed that people who regularly suffer from earworms at night (once or more per week) are 6 times more likely to have poor sleep, compared to those who rarely suffer from earworms.

The results of the study contradict the idea that relaxing music can aid sleep, as they confirm that the sleeping brain continues to process the music for several hours after it stops.


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