Why you should listen to music!

Jack Evans - Reporter

Listening to music is not only a form of entertainment but also has hidden health benefits. We explore how listening to music could help you, whether it’s in the gym, on the bus, before an exam or in your spare time.

Reduction of stress

Listening to music can lead to a reduction in stress and anxiety. We all have really stressful days and could do with a relaxing space to gather our thoughts. Music can provide us with a calm zone where we can play our favourite songs and at the same time begin to unwind.

Exercise

There is nothing more satisfying than having a good work out whilst listening to all of the latest hits. Listening to music can help to distract you from the activity you are doing, helping you to perform better during the workout. If you are doing an activity on a treadmill or repetitive routine, you can set a pace to the beat of the song enabling you to get into a nice steady rhythm.

Brain stimulation

Scientific studies into the effect of listening to music on the brain suggests that it can help to alter your mood. Music can help stimulate specific areas of the brain proving its effectiveness as a therapeutic tool. There are even instances of stroke victims using music as a method of regaining speech function or people with speaking impediments improving fluency through sentence development.

Sleep

We all know that putting on soothing music for babies can help them drift into a peaceful sleep, so why not use the same method? Listening to music before going to sleep or as you fall asleep, helps to relax your mind. Your heart rate will also reduce as you become more relaxed and breathing rate decrease. Though select your music carefully, popular choices are jazz or classical music but genres like rock or heavy rock may have the opposite effect and instead increase heart rate.

Analgesic

It has been suggested that music can also act as an analgesic – pain reducer. Music could help to decrease the level of pain in the body, though the science behind this phenomenon is still being investigated.

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