Music Creates Greater Health
There’s a reason why we listen to music. It lifts our spirits and inspires us, no matter what kind of music we’re into. But did you know that the healing power of music is well-established? Scientific studies have shown that listening to music can lower blood pressure and help regulate cortisol levels (the stress hormone). In this article, I’ll explain how making or listening to music can improve your mental health and happiness.
The healing power of music is well-established.
The ancient Greeks believed that music could heal the body and soul, and many cultures around the world have used music for healing for thousands of years. It’s no surprise then that modern science is beginning to show us how it works.
Music has been proven to lower blood pressure, soothe chronic pain, increase empathy and understanding—and even improve brain function in those suffering from dementia. It’s also known that listening to soothing music can induce sleep faster than relaxing sounds or silence; playing an instrument can help strengthen memory; singing releases endorphins which reduce stress levels; while performing alongside other musicians improves social skills.
Music can lower blood pressure.
According to a study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, listening to music may be helpful for people who have high blood pressure and are trying to manage it through medication.
It helps with stress management. Studies have found that listening to soothing music lowers levels of cortisol, the hormone associated with stress.
It helps with pain management. If you’re experiencing chronic pain, studies have shown that listening to relaxing music or using music as an alternative pain therapy can help reduce your perception of pain by up to 25%.
It helps with sleep management. Listening to soothing lullabies before bedtime may help you fall asleep faster and improve the quality of your sleep overall (in addition to helping babies stay calm). The right song can also bring back sweet memories or remind us of happy times from our pasts—these songs tend not only relax us but also trigger positive emotions that make us feel better! You might even find yourself sleeping more peacefully than usual without realizing why until later when someone asks about how well rested they were after hearing about it happening for themselves too! This is especially true if there’s anything wrong going on right now like ongoing arguments between family members where nobody gets along anymore because one person keeps complaining constantly about everything they do wrong while ignoring all their good deeds too; this kind of negative energy needs removed immediately so everyone involved will stop arguing constantly over nothing at all anymore instead!”
Listening to music can soothe chronic pain.
If you find that your chronic pain makes it hard for you to focus on what’s going on around you, listening to music will help keep your mind occupied.
It can also relax and soothe the body. When we’re relaxed and calm, we are better able to deal with our pain in a healthy way. If listening to music helps relax our minds and bodies, then it may also reduce or relieve some of the chronic aches or pains that we experience every day.
Listening to music before sleeping can help improve sleep quality and prevent insomnia by calming down the nervous system before bedtime
Deep listening increases empathy and understanding.
- Deep listening is when you focus on and listen to the sounds of a person’s voice.
- It helps you to connect with the other person, which can help you to understand what they are saying, as well as their feelings and emotions.
- It also can help you to understand their point of view.
Music has a positive effect on the brain functions of those suffering from dementia.
Music can help people with dementia to
- remember the past.
- remember their own music.
- remember their own life story.
- remember their own emotions.
Music helps regulate cortisol levels (the stress hormone).
The hormone cortisol is released when you are stressed, and it can have a negative effect on the body. Music is one of the best ways to reduce cortisol levels and improve sleep quality. In fact, studies have shown that listening to music before bed can help reduce stress levels, which in turn helps regulate a person’s circadian rhythm (the internal clock that tells us when we should sleep or wake up).
Music promotes a sense of community and social connection.
When you think of music, what comes to mind? If you’re like most people, your answer involves some combination of “fun,” “comforting,” and/or “feeling good.” Music has the power to make us feel better in a myriad of ways. But there’s another way it can help us: promoting social connection.
Even if we don’t realize it at first, music is an incredibly powerful tool for bringing people together. It can help us feel more connected to our community and even the world itself—literally bringing us all closer together. And this sense of belonging has been shown to have many health benefits—not just physically but mentally too! It’s why I’m such an advocate for music as medicine; it’s not just about making my patients feel good on the inside (and out), but also about giving them tools that work best when combined with other treatments like therapy or medication management.
Making music or listening to it can have a significant, positive effect on your health and happiness.
Music is a powerful force. We know this from the many ways it affects us—the way it can change our mood, the way it moves us to dance, and even the way it inspires us to create. There’s an equally amazing side of music that isn’t as widely known: its healing power.
It may seem strange that something so intangible could have such a profound impact on our bodies and minds, but there is clear evidence for how music can help our health in concrete ways. Music has been shown to increase immune function, reduce stress levels, lower blood pressure and heart rate, improve sleep quality…and more!
There’s a lot of evidence to support the healing power of music. It can be used in a variety of contexts and work for many different needs, from lowering blood pressure to improving brain function. Music can be a great tool for helping you cope with stress and anxiety, but it can also serve as an outlet for expressing emotions or even just having fun! If you’re looking for a new way to improve your mental or physical health, consider giving music therapy a try.