Do you have a stressful life, high blood pressure, insomnia? Keeping an aquarium may be good therapy for you and have health benefits. Studies going back as far as the late ’80s have shown that gazing at aquarium fish reduces stress and subsequently lowers blood pressure.
A number of studies have shown that keeping an aquarium has some real health benefits. The presence of some sort of aquarium has been shown to reduce blood pressure. Additionally, greater reduction in blood pressure has occurred when there are fish in the tank, as opposed to tanks that are attractively decorated but have no fish. Even watching a video of fish has been proven to have therapeutic effects.
Studies have also shown that seniors with Alzheimer’s experience a variety of health benefits from watching an aquarium. One study found that patients exhibited more relaxing behaviour and exhibited less physical aggressiveness, wandering, pacing, and yelling. They also found that patients ate up to 21% more food than they did before, with an average increase of 17% across all patients studied. Further, they found that patients displayed better short-term memory, and they required fewer supplements and medications.
Watching fish has been shown to calm children who suffer from hyperactivity disorder. Other studies have shown that dental patients required less pain medication after having watched fish in the dentist’s office.
Keeping a fish tank or aquarium is very popular in feng shui practices. Fish tanks are commonly used to activate and enhance your money and career luck. This is why aquariums and fish tanks are commonly seen in Asian restaurants and banks. They are usually located close to the entrance.
There appears to be great benefits for all of us in watching our fishy friends. We recently set up an underwater camera in our Reef Tank and have applied some relaxing background music. The video runs for approximately 2 minutes, more will be added to the series creating a seamless experience.
We hope you enjoy this and we look forward to seeing you soon in the shop where you can see the tanks that were filmed.