How Music Helps Improve Your Mental Health

Published on 06/30/2020
How Music Helps Improve Your Mental Health

How Music Helps Improve Your Mental Health

Who doesn’t love listening to music? In this day and age, there are so many platforms to listen to music on. Not to mention, an endless amount of artists who are constantly releasing new music. Whether you listen to music on the way to work or while your exercising, it seems to have become a permanent part of everyone’s lives and for good reason – it’s fun! Well, did you know that listening to music actually improves your mental health?

It Makes You Happier

When you’re listening to music, your brain releases a ‘happy hormone’, aka dopamine. So, when you’re listening to some tunes, you’re quite literally becoming happier.

It Enhances Running Performance

It’s been found that runners who listen to fast or slow motivational music completed the first 800 meters of their run faster than those who listened to calm music or ran with no music at all. If you want to start running, listen to some music to help you improve!

It Lowers Stress

Listening to music is a way to decrease levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. One study showed that people’s immune systems were boosted when they made music by playing various percussion instruments as well as singing. When you’re having a stressful day, turn up the music and sing along!

It Helps You Sleep

Another study has found that students who listened to relaxing classical music for 45 minutes before bed slept significantly better than those who slept with an audiobook or listened to nothing at all.

It Reduces Depression

More than 350 million people all over the world suffer from depression. In fact, 90% of them also suffer from insomnia. Sleep research has discovered that symptoms of depression decreased significantly in those who listened to classical music.

It Strengthens Learning And Memory

Studies have shown that music can help a person recall and learn information more effectively. However you look at these studies, music helps strengthen a person’s learning and memory.