The Health Benefits of Music

Let's be honest. People everywhere are fighting to keep music education alive. The same arguments keep getting repeated: music education improves test scores and grade, teaches discipline, and results in a well-rounded education. What would happen if we added to that argument? Did you know that music offers up some great health benefits as well? It's true! Let's dive in and see what other benefits the magic of music can bring!

Music keeps your bring young! Listening to or playing music is basically a workout for your brain.  Just like your body, the more active you are, the healthier you're likely to be.  The same thing holds true for your brain.  You exercise your brain and it's likely to stay healthier.  Music can also help to keep and improve your memory.  Even those who have suffered brain damage in a way that results in memory loss can be helped with music.  The rhythms and sounds that occur in music tend to stay with you longer than most other things.

Being healthy goes beyond just physical attributes.  Even if you eat all of the right things and exercise and are deemed "healthy" by a doctor, if you are unhappy all of the time, it will start to wear on your body.  Never fear, though!  Music has been proven to make you happier!  As mentioned before, memories are tied very tightly to music.  Think of some of your happiest memories and I'm willing to bet that you associate at least most of them with music in some way.  Listening to upbeat music can turn dreary days into manageable days and make everything go just a little bit better. 

Music can help to promote a healthy heart!  Listening to music that you enjoy completely releases endorphins in the brain, which can improve your vascular health. Listening to music can also aid in recovery from heart disease.  A study at Massachusetts General Hospital showed that patients who were confined to a bed and listened to music for at least thirty minutes per day had lower blood pressure, slower heart rate, and showed less distress in general.  

I don't know about you, but there are times when sleep just doesn't want to come easily to me.  If you feel the same way, I've got some good news!  Sleep can help treat insomnia!  Because music can help to relax you and can aid in easing anxiety, listening to music before going to bed, or even falling asleep to music, can help improve your sleep quality!  We definitely can't over-estimate the power of a good night's sleep!

Music also has the power to boost your immune system and reduce pain.  When your blood pressure and anxiety are lowered as said before, as well as having a boosted mood, you can physically feel better.  In a study done at Drexel University, cancer patients who listened to music or worked with a music therapist felt less discomfort and pain overall.  

With all of these benefits that will last a lifetime, why not take the time to invest in your education and your health with music?