Isn’t it interesting how listening to a particular song can bring back a special memory or make you feel happy or calm or pumped up. All of us love to listen certain kind of music. Some love to listen to instrumental soft music while others like hip hop, jazz, pop, Rock. Listening to music lift up your mood makes you more active or can make you emotional but do you know music can influence your health. My aim of writing an article today is to tell you how listening to music improves your health. Here are 8 health benefits of listening to music.
1) Music reduces depression
“I don’t fear death so much as I fear its prologues: loneliness, decrepitude, pain, debilitation, depression, senility. After a few years of those, I imagine death presents like a holiday at the beach”MARY ROACH
At some point in our life, we all experience depression. There are many causes of depression like failure, loneliness, etc . according to a study more than 350 million people suffer from depression around the world.
Music is the best cure for depression. Studies suggest that listening to classical music, instrumental music or meditative music can reduce your depression level.
CAUTION: NEVER LISTEN TO TECHNO, HEAVY METAL MUSIC AT TIMES WHEN YOU ARE DEPRESSED. STUDIES SAYS, PEOPLE BECOME MORE DEPRESSED THAN BEFORE AFTER LISTENING TO THESE TYPE OF MUSIC.
2) Music makes you happy
Whenever you listen to your favorite music your brain releases a chemical called dopamine which is a feel-good neurotransmitter by the release of this chemical in your body you become more happy, excited and joyful.
3) Music reduces pain
In studies of patients recovering from surgery, those who listen to music before, during, and after surgery had less pain and more satisfaction compared with patients who did not listen to music as part of their care.
4) Listening to music reduces stress Level in your body.
Whenever you listen to your favorite music on radio, television, or phone the stress Level in your body decreases as cortisol which is a stress harmone decreases.
One study showed that if people actively participated in making music by playing various percussion instruments and singing, their immune system was boosted even more than if they passively listened.
To stay calm and healthy during a stressful day, turn on the radio. Be sure to sing along and tap your feet to the beat to get the maximum healing benefit.
5) Music may improve immune functioning
“Music is the promoter of psychological and physical health. Listening to music elevates mood, reduces depression, and strengthens the immune system, improves physical performance, reduces the feeling of fatigue and enhances body movement and coordination”Dr. T.P CHIA
Some research suggests that music may improve your immune functioning, a similar research was done by Wales University which looked at how music affects levels of IgA — an important antibody for our immune system’s first line of defense against disease. Undergraduate students had their salivary IgA levels measured before and after 30 minutes of exposure to one of four conditions — listening to a tone click, a radio broadcast, a tape of soothing music or silence. Those students exposed to the soothing music had significantly greater increases in IgA than any of the other conditions, suggesting that exposure to music (and not other sounds) might improve innate immunity. Source:Lifehack.org
6) Improves memory
Music improve your memory, enhances your ability to retain past memory’s for longer time and helps in developing an ability to learn things more faster.
Listening to music can also help people with Alzheimer’s recall seemingly lost memories.
7) Better sleep
“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”.Berthold Auerbach
Listening to music reduces anxiety level in your body which results in better sleep. Studies suggest that if you listen to Mozart or Yanni or Gustovo santolla before sleep you whould have better sleep cycle.
8) Improve exercise
“If people take anything from my music, it should be motivation to know that anything is possible as long as you keep working at it and don’t back down.”Eminem
Studies suggest that music can enhance aerobic exercise, boost mental and physical stimulation, and increase overall performance.
Hence these are 8 facts on how listening to music improves your health.
It’s the end of the topic and the best way to conclude the topic is through a quote which says
Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory“