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5 Benefits of Regularly Listening To Music

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Music is one of the greatest inventions of man. People have been making music in different forms since the earliest human beings walked the planet; the earliest known example of written music is a Sumerian clay tablet upon which a hymn was written, singing praises to Lipit-Ishtar. Musical instruments made from bone and ivory have been found dating as far back as 43,000 years, so there’s scientific proof that humans have been making music for a really, really long time. Music as therapy is a more modern concept, but it’s clear that music has aided in calming and relaxing us for thousands of years. Music as entertainment has been around since the very beginning, along with using or making music as a way to make work less of a chore.

There are a number of benefits to listening to your preferred kind of music regularly, apart from the obvious enjoyment that you get from experiencing something that you love. Here are the top five benefits of listening to music on a regular basis.

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Mood Booster

Listening to your favorite song is proven to increase the brain’s production of Dopamine-otherwise known as “the happy hormone.” Dopamine is the hormone that aids in the moderation or relief of stress and anxiety, and in a world where lots of frightening and catastrophic things seem to be going on at all times, we could all use a little more of that! Music is processed by a part of your brain called the amygdala, which is also involved in processing moods and emotions. Music is the perfect thing to help motivate you, get you out of a slump, or just start your day on a great note. Nothing makes you feel better than putting on your favorite song and dancing around the room for a bit!

Stimulates Memories

As human beings, we attach sounds to memories, particularly music. Do you remember that song that was playing when you danced with your crush at the Valentines’ Ball when you were younger? Of course, you do! The memory will flash into your mind whenever you hear that song and hopefully bring a smile to your face. Music has also been proven to stimulate memory recall in people who suffer from diseases like Alzheimer’s, for which there is no cure. Playing music that you know to be attached to pleasant memories for them can aid in their remembering those moments or the person playing the music.

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Stimulates Mental Development

Playing classical music to youngsters or babies still in the womb is proven to assist their mental development. Playing music to babies in utero is linked to increased mental capacity and increased developmental ability after they are born. Playing music is also helpful to some people when they are studying, particularly classical music, as it has no lyrics to distract you from what you are trying to learn.

Pain & Stress Reduction and Better Recovery

Music has been proven to reduce stress in patients before they undergo a medical procedure and also aid in pain management and speedy recovery when the procedure is over. A perfect example of this is the fact that music has been medically proven to be a more effective relaxant than orally administered Midazolam (used to help pre-op patients feel relaxed and sleepy), and it comes without the side effects like vomiting or coughing fits. Some studies have proven that listening to music even while sleeping after an operation can reduce stress and increase a patient’s capacity for healing. Cancer patients have recorded a significant drop in pain when listening to certain kinds of music: mainly classical or meditative pieces.

In particular, music is proven to help recovery in patients who have experienced a stroke. Research conducted by students at the University of Helsinki has proven that stroke sufferers who listen to the music of their choosing for two hours a day or more show significantly improved cognitive function when compared to sufferers who listen to audiobooks or nothing at all. Most of the music in the study contained lyrics; these, including spoken words in music, increased the patient’s verbal and auditory memories and abilities.

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Aids in Better Sleep

While playing your loudest, fastest punk rock record may not have the desired result before bedtime, listening to relaxing music can aid in better sleep. The percentage of Americans who suffer from disturbed sleep or insomnia is over 30, which means that a lot of us are walking around operating on less good sleep than we ultimately need. A study proved that people who listened to forty-five minutes of classical music before bed, rather than an audiobook or nothing at all, slept significantly better than those who did not. If you have trouble counting sheep, break out the Bach or Mozart before bedtime, and you’ll see a change.

Wrap Up

Our top five benefits of listening to music should convince you that it’s time to bust out the records or crack open your iTunes and play your favorite song!

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