MUSIC SERIES: How to Heal Your Mind, Body, and Soul (Part 3)
Last week, we talked about the effects of music on the brain.
When you listen to just the right music, dopamine is released throughout the body.
Not only does this cause you to feel good, but you can actually become healthier by listening to music over time.
Here is what research says about the health benefits of music:
1. Music for better sleep. Sleep disorders affect your entire life. They affect your energy levels, how much information your mind retains, the speed of your body’s natural healing process, your mood, and so much more.
According to researchers, listening to classical music for 45 minutes before bed can significantly improve quality of sleep.1 Music can also help improve insomnia and other sleep disorders.2
2. Music for better memory and brain function. As we discussed in Part 2, music helps your body release dopamine. In the brain, dopamine acts as a neurotransmitter. Well, Parkinson’s disease involves the degeneration of the body’s dopamine system.
What researchers discovered is that listening to music can improve movement and psychological-related symptoms.3
Studies also show that taking part in musical activities can improve dementia symptoms. It helps improve the mood, behavior, and memory of those with neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.4
3. Music for depression. Music helps relieve depression symptoms in several ways. First, it helps with sleep quality, which can have a major effect on your mood. Next, music therapy can help give patients a sense of pleasure and meaningfulness. And finally, music helps increase physical activity, which helps alleviate depression.
Studies show that music therapy may help depression symptoms and be a cost-effective self-administered treatment for depression.5
4. Music for hypertension. Research shows that dopamine inhibits the “fight or flight” response that causes high blood pressure. Soft and slow music that you enjoy causes a dopamine release, which can significantly lower your blood pressure levels.
It can take as little as four weeks for music to have a major effect on hypertension. Other research also shows it reduces your heart rate along with your blood pressure levels.6
5. Music and exercise. Exercise is essential for your overall health. It helps with preventing heart disease, neurodegenerative disease, obesity, diabetes... the list goes on and on. However, many people find it hard to become motivated to work out.
Research shows that music can not only help motivate you to work out, but it also helps improve your exercise performance. It can even change your perception of pain and fatigue, which may help you endure longer or more difficult exercises.7
Additionally, slow music can even help improve workout recovery time.8
6. Music for inflammation. Recent studies show that music can reduce stress-induced inflammation. Stress changes the immune system by causing a cytokine level imbalance. This can cause inflammation-promoting cytokines to skyrocket, leading to inflammation throughout the body.
Music therapy sessions with slow music can help reduce stress and decrease inflammation.9
And these are just some of the benefits of music.
Though less research has been done on these topics, scientific papers show that music can help...
- Improve eating disorders
- Reduce pain
- Improve epilepsy symptoms
- Improve autism symptoms
- Improve ADHD symptoms
In the final part of this series, we’re going to talk about different ways you can use music to benefit your health.
To your health,
President, Longevity Insider HQ