Whether you are an opera lover or a fan of jazz or rap, there are surprising ways music benefits your brain.
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato
Music is more than just pure entertainment. While it is love for some people, it’s life for others. Besides pleasure, music can influence your thoughts, deeds, actions, and feelings interestingly. Some research suggests that music can help you laugh, relax, dance, lift your mood, boost self-esteem, pump up energy levels, increase empathy and reduce pain. Read on to know.
Read on to discover how music benefits your brain and overall health.
1. Music benefits child’s emotions
Play is important for a child’s growth and development and has been emphasized by doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and scientists time and again. But, a musical play that includes – kids exploring sounds or singing fun songs together, can amazingly influence a preschooler’s emotions.
One study showed that playing music improves a child’s school engagement, cognitive ability, and reading ability; decreases anxiety, aggression, and behavioral difficulties. Given below is the illustration of how music benefits your brain in different ways.
Another research found that playing soft, instrumental music in school or work environment can help a student in homework activities. Music can make a child better student, improve language development, test scores, and intelligence.
So, make joyful noises! Let it boost the mental health and well-being of your child and help in a successful transition to adolescence.
2. Music influences mood and performance while driving
Most people love to listen to music in the car because they want to calm their minds or deal with the stress coming from long, monotonous trips. But, little do people know that music can distract rather than enhancing their driving performance.
Barbara Millet conducted a meta-analysis of 12 experimental studies to investigate the effects of music on driving performance. Results showed a dangerous effect of music-listening on driving performance that manifested as signal violation or collisions.
Another study involving teenagers and young adults showed that drivers playing the music of their choice in the car made more mistakes than those playing the music of researchers’ choice, which was either silence or “safe” music. The results revealed that listening to unfamiliar or uninteresting music is safe for driving than no music at all.
So, next time you want to listen to your favorite radio channel or CD while driving please avoid the harmful noise levels.
3. Music induces sound sleep
Do you find it difficult to calm down and sleep at night? Then, music can help you sleep better. Various studies across the globe support the positive connection between music and sleep.
A meta-analysis of ten studies involving acute and chronic sleep disorders in adults showed that music therapy improved their quality of sleep. Similar outcomes were obtained in studies involving older adults.
In one study, patients with insomnia disorder were assigned to either experiment group that listened to music at bedtime or a control group that received no such treatment. At the end of the investigation, those in the music group showed an improvement in insomnia severity.
There is a data that suggest that listening to music could have a positive influence on the perception of sleep and quality of life in people with sleep disorders and even schizophrenia.
Are you wondering about the best bedtime music? Various reputable studies also focused on how different types of music benefits our sleep cycle. Findings indicate that soft, relaxing or instrumental music or tunes that have a rhythm of about 60 beats per minute can push you to sleep zone quickly.
4. Music benefits your brain and visual attention ability
Do you know music helps restore your impaired vision? The latest research in this area revealed that long term musical training can produce visual attention differences between musicians and non-musicians.
In a study comprising of orchestra musicians and non-musicians, the former performed better than the latter in three different visual attention ability tests. As per findings, long term musical training improves visual attention as well as stimulates other cognitive benefits.
In similar research involving stroke patients, listening to classical music significantly improved visual attention. Researchers found the worst scores when the same patients were subjected to silence or white noise.