Ever hear a song on the radio and feel your mood change almost instantly? Maybe you’re stuck in traffic and worried about being late for a big meeting. Stressful! But then a favorite tune comes on and before you know it, you’re feeling better. Ever listen to the sounds of the ocean when you’re trying to fall asleep? Setting the scene with music for whatever it is you’re doing—meditative music for yoga, upbeat music for a tough workout, or classical music for a stress-relieving soak in the tub—can be the key to helping you achieve your goal.
Music is so effective in making us feel good in everyday life, the medical community has realized the benefits and caregivers have incorporated music therapy into patient care. You can now find music being used in nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and hospice care to help patients feel uplifted.
And real-world applications of music therapy abound … with scientific research to back it up. First off, studies have shown that brain function actually changes when listening to music. For example, music is played for moms-to-be during labor to help decrease pain and stress. (A favorite tune is “Comfortably Numb,” by Pink Floyd!). Indeed, a 2000 study showed that listening to music during childbirth has a significant effect on the mother’s perception of pain. And unlike medications, there’s no downside to mom or baby.
Can music help us stay healthy, even during cold and flu season? Perhaps. A study at Michigan State University showed that listening to music for 15 minutes actually helped increase immunity. So next time you’re worried about catching a cold, take the time to relax with some soothing music.
What about boosting brain power with music? Music may help improve concentration, especially beneficial for students with ADD. So if your kids need to focus on homework, put on some classical music (especially during math time). Several studies have suggested that listening to Mozart, in particular his piano sonata K448, can improve spatial skills for a short period thereafter. This phenomenon is known as “the Mozart Effect.”
Whether scientifically proven or not, who doesn’t agree that music is beneficial in our lives? So next time you’re struggling to finish a project, fall asleep, or endure an ache or pain, tell Alexa to play something appropriate. We guarantee the tunes will at the very least put you in a better mood!
Source: DLP Marketing