You've probably noticed that a lot of hospitals, health clinics and dental offices have aquariums in their waiting rooms, but you may not know that the aquariums aren't there just to look pretty. They actually serve a vital function and provide many benefits that you may not be aware of. Not only are fish aquariums entertaining, which helps pass the time, they create a relaxing and soothing environment that your patrons, old and young alike, will enjoy. Following are three ways that your patrons will benefit if you place an aquarium in your waiting room. 

Soothing Effects

It's not uncommon for children and infants to get cranky and fussy while waiting in a waiting room.  When a child cries incessantly, it's not only stressful for the child but also for the rest of the people in the waiting room. Noise is known to interfere with concentration and raise stress levels in adults. Fortunately, an aquarium can make the wait better for everyone. An aquarium can help soothe crying children, including those suffering from colic and separation anxiety thanks to the hypnotic way that fish move. It also helps calm children who may have behavioral issues. 

Health Benefits

There are many health benefits associated with aquariums. They can lower your blood pressure, help you sleep, lower your stress level, relieve tension and combat anxiety. And you don't have to be around an aquarium constantly to reap these benefits, which means your patrons can improve their health simply by sitting in your waiting room for a few minutes and watching fish swim. If you perform medical procedures, your patrons may also experience less pain. Studies have shown that dental patients require less pain medication if they watch fish before their procedure. 

Mental Clarity

The calming and stress-relieving properties of a fish aquarium may also help your patrons stay alert and focused during their visit. It's no secret that stress and fear are huge distractions which may make it difficult for your patrons to communicate freely with you. If they are calm and relaxed when they get to you, your patrons will be able to communicate with you much more effectively.

As you can see, there are many benefits that you and your patrons can reap if you put a custom fish tank in your waiting room. Not only will an aquarium make your waiting room feel tranquil, it will make your patrons happier and healthier.