We often hear that music is therapeutic. Some people say that music has healing properties which soothe our mind, body, and soul. Well, it may sound a bit exaggerated, but science came to prove that listening to music really provides maximum health benefits to an individual.
Here are 9 ways music can improve our health:
Improves brain function
According to a research, listening to music can help people recall and remember information better. Participants were asked to memorize Japanese characters. It turned out that the musicians memorized a lot compared to non-musicians. Also, therapists utilize music in helping patients with Alzheimer’s disease remember certain memories.
Strengthens the heart
A study suggests that listening to music strengthens the heart and promotes recovery of patients with heart diseases. Also, according to Massachusetts General Hospital, heart patients who listened to music for 30 minutes had lower blood pressure. Lastly, listening to your favorite music helps the release of endorphins in the brain that improve vascular health.
Based on a study, listening to music can help regulate our emotions which make us feel calm and relaxed. Researchers from Netherlands found out that listening to music while driving can decrease the risk of drivers to road rage and unpleasant behavior.
According to a study, listening to a music can decrease the level of cortisol in the body which are biological markers of stress. In another study, surgery patients experienced decreased stress levels when they listened to music. Apart from listening, performing music can promote the release of hormones that make us feel calm and relaxed.
In a 2013 study, a group of sixty people who have fibromyalgia was exposed to music in one month. They experienced significant pain reduction compared to the control group that never listened to music. In another study, patients who undergo surgery were asked to listen to music. They also experienced a reduction in pain.
Supports immune system
In a study made by Massachusetts General Hospital, listening to classical music decreased the level of interleukin 6 in critically ill patients. Interleukin 6 is a protein that increases a person’s risk to mortality, diabetes and heart problems.
Motivates us to move
Researchers in the United Kingdom found out that most of the people liked to exercise when accompanied by their favorite music. Another study also found out that people who are listening to fast-tempo music are much more efficient in burning calories and consuming oxygen.
Makes you happy
ValorieSalimpoor, a neuroscientist at McGill University discovered that more dopamine was released when participants listened to music. A dopamine is a feel-good neurotransmitter that makes you feel the sensation of pleasure and satisfaction.
Promotes sound sleep
Lastly, a study indicated that people who listen to calm music for 45 minutes before they go to bed showed a more sound sleep than people who listen to nothing. Also, some therapists use music in treating patients who have insomnia.
These are just a few of the many health benefits that listening to music offers.