“The thing about music is, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” –Bob Marley
Scientific research shows that music not only helps us cope with pain, but it also benefits our physical and mental health in lots of ways. Here are some ways that listening to your favorite tunes can ramp up your health.
1. Music can reduce the perceived intensity of pain for patients in geriatric care, intensive care, or palliative medicine. When you listen to your favorite music, you relax and pain is eased.
2. Music also increases your workout endurance. When you listen to your top workout tracks you’ll see a boost in physical performance and increased endurance during a tough exercise session. In part this is because of the power of distraction. When we're focused on a favorite album, running an extra mile doesn’t seem so bad.
3. Music benefited post workout recovery as well. Research showed that listening to music after a workout helped the body recover faster. Slow music produced a greater relaxation effect post-exercise, but also showed that any kind of music helps with the physical recovery process.
4. Sleep quality improved, especially listening to classical music when it came to insomnia in college students.
5. Playing soft music and dimming the lights during a meal helps you eat less in one sitting. When you slow down you’re more mindful of fullness cues from your body.
6. Music also helped to enhance blood vessel function. Study participants felt happier listening to music which resulted in increased blood flow in their blood vessels.
7. Stress was also reduced with music relieving stress by triggering biochemical stress reducers.
8. Listening to music was also shown to relieve symptoms of depression, with music picking a person up. Classical and meditative sounds were uplifting while heavy metal and techno music made depressive symptoms worse.
9. A 2013 study showed that music not only elevated mood but it also helped people get more in touch with their emotions.