Is Listening to Music Good for Your Health?
“One good thing about music is, when it hits you, you feel no pain”, said Bob Marley, a poet, songwriter and singer.
Music has been an inseparable part of most cultures since times unknown. While good music can instantly lift up your mood and get your foot tapping, it can bring many health benefits too.
According to a research conducted by O2, the world’s most popular music venue in the UK, and Patrick Fagan, an expert in behavioral science, 20 minutes of attending a gig can lead to a 21% increase in the feeling of well-being. Who knew, going to live music gigs by your favorite stars could have health benefits!
That’s not all. Scientists and researchers have been identifying how music stimulates your brain, eases pain and can benefit your physical and mental health in numerous ways.
How your brain reacts to music?
Your brain constantly tries to make sense of the information it receives about your surrounding, including the numerous little sounds, words and music. When sound waves hit your eardrums, the vibrations get transformed into electrical signals, which reach your brain. The brain then interprets it into something you can understand.
Dr. Nina Kraus, the Northwestern University neuroscientist explains that music does more to your brain than the other sounds. It affects more than the brain areas that process sound. Music tends to lighten up the brain areas related to emotion, memory and even physical movement.
We bring you a few surprising health benefits of music that have been backed by scientific discoveries.
- Music can help patients with movement disorders like the Parkinson’s disease. This disease takes away the patient’s ability to walk and move over time. But, with music therapy, they can retain their movement and ability to walk.
- Music can significantly reduce the perceived intensity of pain and relieve your suffering.
- Listening to your favorite music beats can boost your workout motivation, help you run faster, bike harder and enhance your endurance.
- Music can also prove helpful in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury, stroke and hearing loss.
- Soft, calming music improves sleep quality and is the most effective treatment for insomnia
- Music triggers biochemical stress reducers. Thus, listening to your favorite music can be the best anti-stress therapy for you.
To benefit the most from music, try to include music as a consistent part of your busy, stressful life. It is never too late to add some time for music in your life, as music can definitely add years to your life.
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