Music provides a great number of health benefits, including lowering stress levels, increasing your state of conscience, changing your mood, accessing different mental states, brain development and it’s useful to meditate, which provides a ton of health benefits in itself.
The fact is, there is no human culture on earth that’s lived without music! For instance, Africans used music in chants for their healing rituals and ceremonies. In ancient Greece, music was used to lower stress, relieve pain and help with sleep patterns. Many have said that music heals the soul, and it looks like they’re right, so we’ve made a summary with 7 ways in which music help us stay healthy.
- Improves our visual and verbal skills
Several studies have shown that musical education on an early age stimulates the kid’s brain in several ways that help improve verbal skills, communication skills and visual skills.
- Keeps healthy your aging brain
It’s been shown by several researches that having musical entertainment and listening or playing music on an advanced age, may help keep the brain healthy, especially as you age. Since listening music is like exercise for the brain, a better memory and alertness can be expected as you age.
- Music makes you happier
As mentioned above, music has a great power. It can make you feel happy, sad or excited. Listening to music that affects you in a special way makes your brain release dopamine, which is known as a chemical that makes you feel good. It causes us feelings like happiness, excitement, joy, etc. Listening to music provides us with the same feeling of happiness that we’d get by eating a piece of chocolate, having sex or doing certain drugs.
- Heartbeat, pulse rate and blood pressure
Studies have shown that music strengthens the heart and improves the recovery time in patients with cardiac disease.
No matter the music genre, listening to your favorite music releases endorphins in the brain that help improve vascular health. It seems that both men and women that listened to music after cardiac surgery were much less anxious, and even reported less pain compared to those that rested in silence.
- Improves sleep quality
Some of the most common things that interfere with sleep are stress and anxiety (heart rate). Since music has the ability to affect both in a positive way, researches have shown that listening to music promotes better sleep patterns, and even made people more rested. In some cases music can even be used to treat insomnia effectively.
- Enhances your immune system and relieves pain
Research have found that music is able to reduce levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, which is responsible for weakening the immune system, increasing the risk of cardiac disease, disrupting the learning process and memory, lowering bone density, raising blood pressure, etc.
Researchers have found that by listening to just 50 minutes of inspiring music, we can increase the level of antibodies in our body. And although different types of music weren’t studied, it’s important to listen to music that we enjoy, since personal preference in music has a physical effect on us.
- Decreases depression and anxiety
Researchers have found that patients with cancer that listened to music or worked with a musical therapist, had decreased anxiety, had better levels of blood pressure and a better mood. Music can also have positive effects on psyche, mood, pain and quality of life.