Music is a stress-reliever
Research shows that listening to music can alleviate stress and decrease the symptoms of depression. According to the researchers in the UK, particular songs can lower anxiety levels by up to 65%. It’s possible because music combats cortisol (stress hormone) in our body. This makes music an excellent medicine for the mind, especially since stress causes nearly 60% of all our sicknesses. Plus, those who sing and play percussion instruments were found to have better improved immune system compared to those who just listened.
Music can make us happy
Studies prove that listening to music we like can make our brains release dopamine, which is a feel-good neurotransmitter. Dopamine allows us to feel happy, excited, and joyful.
Music can give us nights of good sleep
Did you know that more than 30% of Americans suffer from insomnia? Researchers discovered that students who listened to classical music for 45 mins. before sleeping slept better than those who just listened to a particular audiobook or did nothing new from their ordinary program. Catch more Zs with Mozart tonight, and you’ll know what I mean!
Music improves learning and memory
Studies show that music can help us learn and remember info better. However, this fact would still depend on how much you love the music or whether you’re a musician or not. In one study, subjects were asked to memorize Japanese characters while they’re listening to music which seemed neutral or positive to them. The results? Those participants who were musicians learned better with neutral music but had better results when they listened to pleasurable music. On the other hand, non-musicians learned better when positive music was playing, but they tested better with neutral music. But whether or not you’re a musician, one thing’s for sure: Music can make you better.