The Top Ten Health Benefits of Music

Although we need more studies to confirm the health benefits of music, some studies suggest that listening to music can have the top ten positive effects on health below.

·        Improves mood. Studies have shown that listening to music can benefit our overall health, help improve mood, and create relaxation and happiness in daily life.

·        Reduces stress. Listening to music, particularly relaxing music (such as low pitch, slow tempo, and no lyrics) is believed to reduce anxiety and stress in normal people and even in those who are undergoing medical procedures (for example, surgery, colonoscopy, dental).

·        Lessens anxiety. In studies of those who were suffering from cancer, listening to music combined with standard care could help to reduce anxiety compared to those who only received standard care.

·        Improves memory. Studies have shown that the repetitive factors of rhythm and melody help our brains form patterns that can enhance memory. In a study of stroke survivors, music helped them experience more verbal memory, better-focused attention, and less confusion.

·        Eases pain. In studies of patients who were recovering from surgery, those having listened to music before, during, or after surgery had more overall satisfaction and less pain compared with those who did not listen to music.

·        Improves exercise. Research also suggests that listening to music can boost mental and physical stimulation, enhance the aerobic exercise, as well as increase overall performance.

·        Provides comfort. Music has also been used to help enhance coping, communication, and express feelings such as loneliness, anger, and fear in patients who are in end-of-life care and who have a serious illness.

·        Improves cognition. Listening to music can help people with Alzheimer’s recall seemingly lost memories and even maintain some mental abilities.

·        Helps kids with an autism spectrum disorder. Studies of kids with autism spectrum disorder who listened to music showed improvement in communication skills, attention skills, and social responses.

·        Soothes premature babies. Live music and lullabies might impact vital signs, improve sucking patterns and feeding behaviors in premature infants, and might increase prolonged periods of quiet–alert states.