5 Scientifically Proven Health Benefits of Listening to Music

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Like many of us here at Borderless Melodies, music has always played a significant role in my life. Music is an incredible artform and method of communication that can bring us immense joy. Music can also bring us comfort in our darkest places by helping us realize we’re not alone in our struggles. Feeling good after listening to music isn’t just a coincidence; listening to music has been scientifically proven to improve emotional and physical health.

Right now, taking care of our emotional and physical health is as important as ever; the COVID-19 pandemic and social discord over systemic racism and police brutality has caused a lot of people to feel anxious, stressed, and frustrated. As we navigate this new normal, it’s critical that we find ways to cope with these feelings, and listening to music is something we can all easily do. Here are 5 reasons you should make listening to music a part of your daily routine:

Music Can Boost Your Mood and Decrease Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression

A recent study found that listening to music you enjoy causes your brain to release dopamine, a neurotransmitter that causes you to experience pleasure and happiness. In addition to dopamine, researchers have found that certain types of music stimulate the brain’s release of serotonin and norepinephrine, two other neurotransmitters that affect your feelings of happiness and well-being. Music can be a great tool for individuals battling anxiety or depression, but those affected should always seek the help of a medical professional.

Music Can Relieve Stress

Researchers have proven that listening to music can provide stress relief by lowering your levels of cortisol, the hormone responsible for the damaging effects of stress. Next time you’re feeling overwhelmed and stressed out, play some of your favorite music to help yourself relax.

Music Can Improve Your Sleep

One study of individuals who had problems sleeping revealed that their sleep quality improved significantly after listening to relaxing classical music for 45 minutes before going to bed. If you struggle with insomnia, try playing some Bach or Beethoven at bedtime.

Music Can Help Reduce Pain

A meta-analysis on the effects of music on pain found that listening to music can actually help reduce acute, procedural, and chronic pain. Music certainly won’t eliminate pain, but it could provide you with some much needed relief.

Music Can Enhance Exercise Performance and Endurance

In one study, researchers uncovered that athletes who listened to motivational music while running ran faster and experienced greater endurance than those who listened to calm music or no music at all. To get the most out of your workouts, try composing a playlist of songs that motivate and inspire you.

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