Music is usually considered as entertainment, but music has the ability to improve your well-being and health. The science behind the effects of sounds and music are slowly emerging and scientists are beginning to understand the power that music has on not only our minds but also our bodies.
Music is usually considered as entertainment, but music has the ability to improve your well-being and health. The science behind the effects of sounds and music are slowly emerging and scientists are beginning to understand the power that music has on not only our minds but also our bodies. Recent research has shown that music does kill pain, reduces stress, helps with athletic performance, changes and influences the way you think and feel, improves heart health and lowers cholesterol levels.
1. Research has shown that listening to music for half an hour a day can expand and clear not only your mind but also your blood vessels. Nitric oxide is realised into the bloodstream when you listen to music. There are both good and bad nitric oxide, and the good nitric oxides are used in blood vessels to signal to the smooth muscles to relax. Smooth muscles are found in arteries and veins, and listening to music helps in preventing the formation of blood cloths as well as the harmful type of cholesterol (LDL). Note that the music has to be enjoyable for the listener. The type of music, the tempo and the volume is not the key to successful listening when the benefits for your blood vessels are of primary concern.
2. Listening to music can lower heart and respiratory rate and it does wonder for your workout and athletic performance. The perception of how hard you are working is reduced if you are listening to music. The right music may help you to work harder and prevent you from giving up.
3. Are you having trouble sleeping? Listening to slow and soft music can improve sleep. A slower tempo promotes a calm, meditative state and causes physical changes that can help relax and fall asleep. In contrast, music with sharp beats makes you more alert and promotes thinking and mental focus.
4. Music can influence your mood; it can reduce depression, tension, anger and fatigue. Music can take your mind off what stresses you, and help you feel more positive about your life.
5. Research has suggested that music can be used to fight memory loss. We do not forget things because our memories are not lost; rather the problem is to retrieve memories. Music can be used to trigger memories. Listening to music brings back memories and may stimulate long-forgotten memories.