Music and your Wellbeing: A surprising connection
The IFPI, a global music-industry body published the “Music Listening” report for 2019, which was taken from a survey including 34,000 people from 21 countries (including Australia). This report indicated that music-streaming is continually growing. On average, most people spend about 18 hours weekly, listening to different types of music, which is higher from 17.8 hours recorded the previous year.
Music is not only one of the sources of contentment and pleasure, but also offers a host of psychological benefits. Certain research and studies have suggested that music may even make us healthier.
Here are a few ways that music has an impact on our wellbeing:
#1 Supports Memory
Humans often associate certain memories with certain music. Studies reveal that an event is easier to remember there was music played during that time.
#2 Puts You in the Mood
Whether you hear music playing in a Pilates class, Zumba class, in hospital wards, religious ceremonies, or military cavalcades with horses and men, music has the potential to put you in the right mood.
Exercise and running release the endorphins that we call our “happy” hormones. Using suitable tracks while exercising can energise or calm a person down. For example, music is often used during exercise classes to keep up energised, ending off with meditative and relaxation music.
#3 Enhances Cognitive Performance
Studies indicate that playing music in the background, or playing music while the person that is listening is mainly focused on a certain activity, has the potential to enhance cognitive tasks and performance in older people. One of these studies discovered that playing music that is more upbeat resulted in improved processing speeds.
So when you work on your next task, think about playing background music if you would like to enhance your mental capacity and performance. Choose instrumental tracks opposed to those with complicated lyrics, which are often more distracting.
#4 Helps To Control Your Appetite
One surprising and unknown psychological benefit linked to music is the fact that it can be an effective weight-loss tool. If you are on a weight-loss plan, listening to soft and mellow music with dimmed lights might assist you in achieving your weight-loss goals.
Research has suggested that individuals that eat at restaurants with low-lights and where soft music is playing in the background consumed around 18% less food when compared to other people eating at restaurants with bright lights and loud music.
These researchers suggested that lighting and music contribute towards creating a more relaxed setting. The participants in this study were more comfortable and relaxed, suggesting that they ate more slowly.
Diet coaches at Monkey Foodz say “You can put this theory into practice when you eat at home by playing relaxing music and dimming the lights. When your setting is more relaxed, you will probably eat slower, which means you will start to feel full sooner.”
#5 Improves Sleep
Insomnia is a common and serious sleeping disorder that affects just about every age group. While there might be several approaches to treat this problem, studies have indicated that playing classical and relaxing music is a much more affordable, effective, and safe method.
In one of the studies that included college students, the participants had to either listen to an audiobook, classical music or nothing when they went to bed for three weeks.
The research concluded that the candidates who listened to classical music experienced dramatically improved sleep quality when compared to the rest of the participants that listened to nothing or an audiobook.
#6 Lowers Depression Symptoms
Researchers have also discovered that using music therapy is often an effective and safe approach to treat various psychological problems, including depression. One of these studies suggested that using music therapy is a low-risk and safer method to lower anxiety and depression in patients that suffer from different neurological conditions, including Parkinson’s disease and dementia.
Apart from entertainment, music can also be beneficial to your overall health. It is only important to choose the right music to maximize the benefits.
Written by Jude Young