Use of Recorded Poetic Audios to Manage Levels of Anxiety and Sleep Disorders

  • Andréa Cândido dos ReisEmail author
  • Carla Larissa Vidal
  • Kátia Alessandra de Souza Caetano
  • Haroldo Dutra Dias
Original Paper


Anxiety and sleep disorders are highly prevalent affecting millions of people worldwide. Complementary therapies like art therapy, bibliotherapy, and music have been used to manage these problems. The objective of this study was to evaluate levels of anxiety and sleep disorder symptoms of participants before and after a 30-day intervention of listening to short poetic audios. Thirty-one participants listened to audio-taped messages, which associate music and literature for 30 days. Questionnaires were answered by participants prior to the start of the study (baseline collection) and after 30 days (final collection). Setting: the study was done in the city of Ribeirao Preto (Sao Paulo—Brazil). Participants were 31 adults with anxiety symptoms and sleep problems. The scores of the questionnaires were analyzed and compared by the t test for paired samples (α = 0.05), used to evaluate possible differences in anxiety and stress symptoms and sleep disturbances before and after the 30 days of intervention. Significantly lower levels of anxiety and sleep disorders were found after the 30-day intervention. This study reinforces the benefits of music and literature for improving the quality of life of people by reducing levels of anxiety and sleep disorder symptoms.


Recorded audios Anxiety Sleep disorders 




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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andréa Cândido dos Reis
    • 1
    Email author
  • Carla Larissa Vidal
    • 1
  • Kátia Alessandra de Souza Caetano
    • 2
  • Haroldo Dutra Dias
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Dental Materials and Prosthesis, School of Dentistry of Ribeirão PretoUniversity of São Paulo – FORP-USPRibeirão PrêtoBrazil
  2. 2.Department of Psychology and Education, Faculty of Philosophy, Sciences and Letters of Ribeirão PretoUniversity of São PauloRibeirão PrêtoBrazil
  3. 3.Court Judge of the State of Minas GeraisMinas GeraisBrazil

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