Everyone loves music and the technology has allowed us to access all kinds of music whenever wherever we want. The right kind of music is what we all need to uplift our mood and relax after a hectic day. Music not only effects our mood but also improves our health.
Here is how music improves our health:
Music is popular in every age group and every gender equally. Even old people tend to listen to music as much as the teenager; the only difference is of taste. Right kind of music makes us relaxed and boost up the mood almost instantly. You can spend a long hard day in your office, and you just have to turn up the music when you come back home, and your mood is boosted immediately. You will feel yourself freshened up after listening to relaxing music. Music is not only a mood booster but also help you in many ways. Here is a list of a few positive effects which music has on us.
1. Healthy Aging
Researchers have found out that music has positive effects on the brain of an older adult. The benefits are doubled when the person is listening or playing music. Playing music is like exercising your brain, and that’s why you will see benefits like memory and better problem-solving techniques in aging individuals. According to research remembering the lyrics of songs can help you combat Alzheimer’s. The reason behind is that lyrics are associated with music and you start remembering things with their association with music.
Similarly, the memory loss due to a brain injury can also be recovered or partially or fully (in rare music) by listening to the music. It works on the same pattern because memories associated with music keep coming back to you when you listen to that music again and again. The reason behind this phenomenon is that the rhythm and sounds of music keep embedded in the brain’s deepest areas for a longer period of time. So, listening to music and remembering the lyrics might help you in your old age and fight neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s.
Listening to music is also associated with the release of dopamine which is the cause of motivation and also helps in learning and memory. Kids nowadays have also reported learning better while listening to music. So, music is much more than a few phrases written and sung in rhythm; it helps you memorize, retain and recall the material you have learned. May be, our kids are smarter than us anyway.
2. Reduces Stress and Anxiety
Reduction in stress and anxiety is one of the most commonly known facts about listening to music. You don’t have to be a great researcher or a trained psychologist to know the effects of music which it has on us during our anxious phases. The reason is that you feel an immediate reduction in your stress levels when you are listening to music. Recall yourself, doing you Math’s homework while listening to music and if you can’t think of an even, just give it a try, and you will know it yourself.
Researchers are even able to find out a song which reduces anxiety to its minimum levels. The song with a low pitch, without lyrics and instrumental ones are known to reduce anxiety as well as stress levels. Music lowers the cortisol (stress inducing hormones) levels and also prevents heart beat and hypertension. There are hundreds of studies proving the effectiveness of music in reducing anxiety and stress.
3. Sleep Quality and Better Immunity
As music can reduce the effects of stress and anxiety which means it creates the calming effect. Hence, music can improve the quality of sleep in many people. It is also speculated that music might create better and more restful sleep. Researchers are now trying to find out the use of music in treating insomnia. Cortisol increases the chances of heart diseases, interfere with learning and memory, higher blood pressure and less bone density.
Cortisol which is a stress hormone is also related to the weakening of immune system and when music reduces the cortisol levels which mean your immune system is getting better. It has been found out that listening to music for almost an hour increases antibodies in humans and develop
better immune system and a healthy human eventually. There is not much about the specific types of music and only the music of personal preference can cause positive effects.
You are guaranteed to run more on your treadmill when you are listening to upbeat, motivational music as compared to running without music. Music helps us exercise and researchers have found this out through many studies. However, it is not a matter of research as you can simply observe this phenomenon in your daily life. If you are listening to the music while exercising you will feel more motivated and will get more oxygen through your lungs. It is not only applicable to exercise; you can do almost anything (physically demanding) for a longer period of time if you are listening to music. It also improves your mood and reduces the feelings of sadness and that is why you feel more motivated and workout more.
5. Pain Management
It is still a favorite topic for researcher about the effects of music on pain reduction. However, in recent studies clearly positive effects of pain reduction have been seen. A study on patients with fibromyalgia has proven the importance of music in pain reduction. It is not clear how music reduces pain but assumptions have been made about the release of dopamine to play a part in pain reduction. Stress reduction may also be associated with the pain reduction. Whatever the reason behind the pain reduction by listening to music, it is clear that music reduces pain effectively.
Music with right rhythm is probably the only thing the human body needs in extreme stress or even after a long hard day. A quote says that we listen to music with our muscles which means it has far longer and deeper effects on our body then we think.