Music is all around us. Whether you are listening from your phone’s or car’s playlist, the restaurant's or the supermarkets’ background music, you interact with it all the time.
Unknowingly, music does affect your mental and physical well-being. It’s a fundamental attribute of all humankind, and every culture, civilized or primitive, makes music.
In tune or off, you can sing and hum; even if it’s offbeat, you dance and bounce or clap and sway. Your brain and the nervous system are designed to distinguish music from noise. This cannot be a biology accident. Music has a significant effect on your health and behavior, as we shall find in this article.
Let’s talk about some of the health benefits of music:
Improve Your Cognitive Performance
Listening to background music when focusing on another activity enhances performance on cognitive tasks on grown-ups. It has been said that more upbeat aids in boosting the processing speed.
So next time, you might consider turning on some background music if you want to increase your mental performance. Instrumental tracks are better than complex lyrics, which may instead distract you.
Can Help Reduce Stress and Anxiety
According to research, music can have a tremendous effect on your mood. The soothing tunes of classical and meditating music reduce stress and anxiety in healthy people as well as those undergoing medical procedures such as colonoscopy, surgery, dental, among others.
You can intentionally boost your mood by listening to positive music. The ability of music to manage or reduce stress is what meditation is based on.
Music has repetitive aspects of melodies, and rhythm can help your brain to form patterns that are critical in enhancing your memory.
Studies have shown that patients who listened to music before undergoing surgery experienced less pain and had overall satisfaction than those who didn’t.
Help You Sleep Better
You probably have experienced insomnia at one point in life or another. Sleeplessness is a serious condition that affects people of all ages and races. Amongst the various remedies applied to the issue, listening to relaxing music such as classic is an effective, safe, and affordable solution.
Improve Your Mood
Music plays a critical role in moods and arousal. It can help better your mood and make you more self-aware. Neuroscientists established that listening to music increases positive emotions through the brain’s reward center, thus stimulating the feel-good hormone, dopamine that makes you feel elated.
Help Improve Performance and Endurance
You might have noted that music is played in a gymnasium. Music is known to boost mental and physical stimulation, thus increasing overall performance.
Also, while you may have a specific walking or running step frequency, introducing a stronger rhythmic beat may inspire you to pick up its pace. Music will not only make you ran faster but motivate you and enhance greater endurance.
May Improve Immune Functioning
Listening to soothing music can increase your IgA levels, a critical antibody against infections. The ability of music to alter the emotional and mental states, thus the autonomic nervous system makes it have a direct and indirect effect on the immune system.
Strengths Learning and Memory
You will all agree that hearing a familiar song evokes a certain memory related to the music. A favorite song tickling your memory proves that music is deeply ingrained in our memory.
In Dementia and Alzheimer’s patients, music has been found to stimulate parts of the brain and enhance their memory. Not that you have to be sick. You can use music to assist your children in retaining information, thus enhance learning.
Boosts Intelligence and Provoke Creativity
You probably have heard about the ‘Mozart Effect’ and how music can boost your IQ. Researchers conclude that listening to music helps organize the launching of the nerve cells in the right brain, known for its higher functions. Therefore, enabling it to process information more efficiently.
Listening to inspiring music can help you to perform better on tasks with divergent thinking. If you have tasks that involve coming up with outside-the-box kind of solutions, it’s time you turned on some great music.
You don’t have to feel lonely anymore, let the music keep you company.