Music is capable of numerous of health benefits like changing moods, lowering stress levels, accessing different states of minds, raising states of consciousness, useful in meditation and developing the brain.
The fact is, there is not a single human culture on this planet which has lived without music. For instance, Americans and Africans both use music in the form of chanting for their healing ceremonies and rituals. Many people have said that music soothes the mind and heals the soul, and it appears that they were right.
Music Improves Verbal and Visual Skills- Many studies have shown that the education of music at an early stage stimulates the brain of a child in numerous ways that help to improve visual skill, communication skills, and verbal skills.
Keeps an Aging Brain Healthy- Researches and studies have shown that having proper musical training and playing or listening to your favorite music in old age can keep your brain active and healthy. Since listening music is like exercising your brain, you can expect the benefits of mental sharpness and better memory as you age.
Even those who have some form of brain mutilation can regain partial or full access to their memories by listening music as it can help draw on neurological patterns and the old memories owing to the fact that sounds and rhythm stay within the mind’s core for a long time.
Music Makes you Happier – As mentioned before, music has the ultimate power to do so much. It can make you feel pumped up, sad, happy or even excited. Listening to music which hits you in a special way helps your brain to release Dopamine which is a ‘Feel Good’ neurotransmitter (Hormone). Dopamine helps us to feel various emotions (happiness, joy, excitement etc.).
Heartbeat, Blood Pressure, and Pulse Rate- Researches have shown that music strengthens the heart. It improves the recovery time of the patients who were suffering from cardiac disease. Listening to music helps the pituitary gland to release endorphins that help to improve the vascular health. It has been seen that people who listened to music soon after their heart surgery reported less pain and were much less anxious.
Improves the Quality of Sleep- Some of the most common causes to interfere with the sleep are anxiety and stress. Listening to music promotes better sleeping patterns for the people and even created more soothing & relaxing sleep. Even, in some cases, music might be able to treat insomnia effectively.
Reduces Pain and Boost Immune System- studies has shown that music has the ability to reduce the level of cortisol (stress hormone) which is responsible for increasing the risk of heart attack, weakening the immune system, lowering bone density, interfering with memory and learning, blood pressure, hypertension etc. Researchers have stated that by listening to just 45 minutes of good music uplifts the levels of antibodies in the body.
Reduces Anxiety and Depression- Drexel University’s researchers found that cancer patients who either worked with music therapist or listened to music experienced a reduction in anxiety, improved moods, had better blood circulation, and better blood pressure. Music can have positive effects on the quality of life, psyche, pain and mood as well.
Improve Running Motivation and Performance- Here is an easy way to beat your best time if you are a runner. Listening to your ‘pump-up ‘music may help you run faster, boost your workout motivation, and enhance your endurance and it is also good if you want weight loss.
Relieve Depression Symptoms- When you are feeling down, music can help pick you up much like the exercise. Research and study suggest the kind of music matters. Meditative and classical sounds seem to be mainly uplifting, whereas techno and heavy metal can actually make symptoms of depression worse.