Some people say music is the most popular drug on the planet. I wouldn’t go that far, but music can have similar effects.
Music can make you relaxed or ecstatic, it can lift your mood or keep you in a sad and depressed mode. It’s easy to get lost in music, listening to one song after the other, but it’s also possible to let the music just be in the background while doing other things, i.e. driving, talking.
Music is very versatile and every culture and even the most isolated tribes know some kind of music. It’s been around for approximately 55.000 years when it was first invented in Africa.
You’ve probably experienced the benefits of music yourself, i.e. better mood, motivation etc. but in case you haven’t, research more or less confirmed the benefits of music.
For example, it can be used for pain relief. A study group in Austria found out that patients who listened to music for 25 minutes a day for three weeks experienced more pain relief than those who didn’t.
Have you ever been working out while listening to music? Did you feel the difference to workouts without music?
Scientists found out that you can benefit from listening to music while working out. They compared men’s workout of riding a bike while listening to music to one where they didn’t listen to music.
They travelled 11% further and where less exerted when they listened to music.
Music also tends to release endorphins, the chemicals that are responsible for “runner’s high”.
Knowledge base: Endorphins are chemicals in your body that help you mask physical pain. Originally our ancestors needed them to save their lives when they got injured. With the triggered endorphins they could often still run away and save their lives. Today most people experience endorphins during workouts, i.e. in the form of a “runners high”.
Music or specific sounds can also help you sleep better. When you sleep you can experience two kinds of sounds. Alarming and relaxing sounds. While alarming sounds will rip you out of your sleep, relaxing sounds will help you sleep better, by providing a constant audible environment.
There are many programs you can use to create those sounds. Noisli.com is a free one but my favorite one is brain.fm, which uses sounds that are scientifically tested. They also provide sounds for better focus and relaxing.
If you are feeling stressed or anxious you can use music to calm you down. It can go even so far that listening to music will make you require less morphine after an operation as one study showed.
Listening to music is a great thing to do and has many benefits, especially for your mental and physical health. It can also have secondary effects by motivating you to work out more frequently.
Today it’s easier than ever to listen to your favorite music, whether at home or on the go.
Take 10 to 20 minutes to today, listen to your favorite music and feel better as well!
Steps to take:
- Find 10 to 20 minutes during the day.
- Put on your headphone and listen to your favourite music.
- Don’t to anything else in that time.