At this point, I think we can more or less make it official: humans love music.
Going all the way back to our early ancestors, rhythm and melody seem to just do something to our brains. So, why do we listen to music so much, and how does this affect us daily?
Recently, we sent a few of you a survey on your music habits. The results were intriguing.
We found that more than 50% of people listen to music daily, with 29 reporting they listen to music all the time.
Nowadays, it’s easier than ever to access and listen to music. We no longer have to buy a vinyl or CD to listen to our favourite artists or songs. Over 30% of you said you listen to music from YouTube and 25% use streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music.
This is all possible because of the internet. A lot of streaming services are free such as YouTube, Spotify and Soundcloud. You only have to pay to enjoy ‘premium features’ such as no ads, or the ability to create and save playlists. These services have made music even more available to us consumers.
The internet has also made it easier for artists to get their music out there.
This means there is more content, and even more genres of music than ever before. However, despite this, many of you still prefer the classics. 26% preferred to listen to Pop music, whilst 16% said they listen to other genres (not listed) such as R&B, Country, Gospel, and Bollywood.
Music can have many benefits to you and listening to it daily might not be as bad as you think…
Music makes you happier
Music helps lift your mood.
When you listen to music that you enjoy, your body releases a generous helping of dopamine. Dopamine is the chemical in our body that contributes to our feelings of pleasure and satisfaction.
Along with making you feel happier, music can also help to reduce anxiety and depression.
Research has shown people with depressive symptoms react differently to the type of music they listen to – depending on the genre of music they prefer.
So, the next time you’re feeling low, why not put your favourite album or artist on and see how this changes the way you feel? You might be surprised by the outcome.
Music helps you sleep
Around 1 in 3 people suffer from sleep issues. Thankfully, science may have the answer. Music is a great way to help put your body to rest for a peaceful night.
Relaxing music will help to lower your heart rate and slow your breathing which helps to put your body into a sleep state.
You can achieve similar results with music you know well – this too helps in relaxing your mind.
If you fancy giving this a go, there are many playlists available on YouTube or streaming services like Spotify designed to give you the best night’s sleep.
Music helps strengthen your learning & memory
Although we often think that music is a distraction, at times it can actually help to improve your memory and learning.
Listening to certain tracks can help you complete your to-do list a lot quicker, especially when doing repetitive tasks such as filing documents or checking emails.
Similarly, upbeat music can lead to better group decisions. Those bouncy, feel-good rhythms help you focus and contribute better in a team situation.
If you are often distracted by music. try listening to more neutral tracks. Tracks that have no lyrics like classical or even meditative music can keep your mind on the task at hand.
Music reduces pain
“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley
This is true!
According to intensive care patients, as well as those recovering from surgery, listening to music can help reduce pain during care. Those who listened to music during care reported much higher satisfaction than those who didn’t.
The next time you’re expecting to be in some discomfort, why not think about listening to some music to help relax and offer some sort of distraction?
Music can help motivate your workouts
Music helps you run faster and push harder in the gym as it boosts your mental and physical stimulation.
It can also make these physical activities a lot more fun. Wouldn’t you prefer to run a mile listening to a Beyoncé playlist rather than complete silence?
Why not create some workout playlists for the next time you go to the gym and see how this changes your workout?
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