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Monday, January 13, 2014

7 Health Benefits Of Music

Doctor and Guitar image from Bobby Owsinski's Big Picture production blog
We musicians, engineers, songwriters and producers actually have a larger responsibility on our shoulders than just creating or helping to create music. It's been proven that music has great health benefits, which makes us all health practitioners in a way. Here are 7 proven health benefits of music.

Music can:
1. Ease your pain. It's been found that music can meaningfully reduce the perceived intensity of pain in numerous areas of healthcare.

2. Improve your exercise performance. Music can motivate people to work out harder. People listening to music have been shown to run faster, have more endurance, and speed up their post-workout recovery. Plus, they even enjoy the music more.

3. Improve your sleep quality. Listening to soft music (classical music seems to work best) has been shown to help insomnia.

4. Help you eat less. Playing soft music and dimming the lights during a meal can make people slow down while eating and consume less food.

5. Reduce your stress. Music can relieve stress, help induce a meditative state, and help people perform better in high-pressure situations.

6. Elevate your mood. Listening to music can positively impact your mood, especially when driving. After all, who doesn't have their favorite road music?

7. Improve your cognitive performance. A byproduct of reduced stress and elevated mood is that we can also think more clearly.

Music is important on many more levels than sheer enjoyment and can be a factor in the listener's health. Remember that the next time you're in the studio.

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Matt said...

I've always told people that music is good for them, now I have this to back me up. Thanks for sharing!

Dave said...

People dance to music! Dancing is great for physical, mental, and emotional health, covering your #2, #5, and #6. It's pretty common to dance in the evening/nighttime, in which case it covers your #3 too. Boogie!


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