Music has great power. It can transport us to a past time, uplift our spirits, or foster romance. If you’ve ever felt that music makes you feel better, you’re on to something. Harvard scientists have already written about the many ways music can help your health. These researchers noted that music was believed to have healing properties in ancient Greek, Chinese, Native American, and African cultures. Before records, CDs, MP3s, or streaming services existed, music was being used to treat a variety of illnesses effectively. Three major ways that music can benefit your health are listed below.
To Reduce Pain: Try Soothing Strings-
According to a 2022 study published in the journal Science, you may reduce body aches by tuning into a classical music station while going about your day, whether your back or joints are hurting. When orchestral music, specifically Bach’s “Réjouissance,” was played to mice, the mice experienced less pain, according to the findings of the study. Playing the music at a “sweet spot” volume of 50 decibels, which is the pleasant level of low background music that would be heard in an elevator or fine-dining restaurant, was the key. Scientists believe that this level of sound just enough distracts the brain to prevent pain signals from being transmitted.
Enhance Heart Health: Try Gospel Music-
Gospel music is known for its ability to lift the spirit. However, research suggests that the upbeat sounds of gospel music—as well as other upbeat tunes—do more than just uplift spirits. According to a study published in the journal Circulation, people’s vascular health improved when they listened to joyful music for 30 minutes each day. According to Harvard researchers, the brain processes sound in the same area that controls heartbeat and breathing. As a result, hearing upbeat music may cause your heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure to slow.
To Eat Less: Try Mellow Music-
At dinner, listen to your favourite jazzy, slow music. According to a study published in Appetite in 2021, participants who listened to jazz music at a slower tempo were more likely to choose healthier foods. Additionally, there is evidence to suggest that listening to slower songs may encourage us to eat more slowly. According to a study published in Psychological Reports, music has a significant impact on how much we eat. The study concluded that diners at a fast food restaurant were able to eat less when they were surrounded by slow, soothing music.
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