Research has shown that blood flows more easily when music is played. Recent research shows that listening to music improves our mental well-being and improves our physical health in surprising and amazing ways. If we take one or two music classes, that musical training can help raise our IQ and even keep us informed in old age. Here are 15 incredible scientifically proven benefits of being hooked on music.
Globally, 234 million major surgeries are performed every year. If you or someone you know is going to have surgery, be sure to bring some relaxing tunes to ease anxiety. It may work better, and it will certainly have fewer adverse side effects than the medications they dispense. Stroke is the 5th cause of death in the United States.
If you know someone who has had a stroke, bring their favorite songs as soon as possible. Listening to them can significantly increase your recovery. After just one month of music classes (rhythm, pitch, melody and voice), a study by the University of York showed that 90% of children between 4 and 6 years old had a significant increase in verbal intelligence. Researcher Sylvain Moreno suggests that musical training had a “transference effect” that improved children's ability to understand words and explain their meaning.
Other research found that adult women with musical training and children with musical training outperformed those without musical training on verbal memory tests. Research shows that taking music classes predicts higher academic performance and IQ in young children. In one study, 6-year-old children who took keyboard or singing lessons in small groups for 36 weeks had significantly greater increases in IQ and in the results of standardized educational tests than children who took theater classes or did not take theater classes. The group of singers did their best.
Business mogul Warren Buffet stays alert at 84 playing the ukulele. It's never too late to play an instrument that keeps you up to date with everything. Studies show that music has many benefits. Music helps relieve stress and can stop the increase in cortisol, causing the body to emit a flight or combat response.
Music has been shown to lower blood pressure, relax a patient who is sedated or in labor, and has a positive effect on the growth of premature babies. More than 30% of Americans suffer from insomnia. A study showed that listening to classical or relaxing music an hour before bedtime significantly improves sleep, compared to listening to an audiobook or doing nothing before going to sleep. Since we know that music can directly influence our hormones, it only makes sense to use a little Beethoven (or Dark Side of The Moon?) Before going to sleep when you need a good night's sleep.
More than 350 million people suffer from depression worldwide, and 90% of them also suffer from insomnia. Previous research also found that symptoms of depression only diminished in the group that listened to classical or relaxing music before bed. A study showed that 90% of children between 4 and 6 years old had a significant increase in verbal intelligence after just one month of taking music classes, where they learned about rhythm, tone, melody and voice. The results suggest that musical training had a “transference effect” that increased children's ability to understand words and, even more, explain their meaning.
Research suggests that taking music classes predetermines high academic performance and IQ scores in young children. The study surveyed a group of 6-year-old children who took keyboard or voice classes in small groups for 36 weeks. The results showed that they had significantly greater increases in IQ and in the results of standardized educational tests during that time than children who did other extracurricular activities not related to music. The group of singers showed the greatest improvement.
In addition to these 10 reasons, there are many more, such as lower pain thresholds, the relaxing nature it provides to patients before and after surgery, increased memory pathways for Alzheimer's patients, improved recovery time for patients who suffered a stroke, ability to keep your brain healthy in old age, to name a few. Music truly serves as therapy for everyone, whether as medicine in a hospital or as a distress on a rainy day. Research has shown that listening to music can reduce anxiety, blood pressure and pain, as well as improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness and memory. Now that you know the health benefits of music and how it can help your physical and mental state, you can use your favorite music whenever you need a boost.