If you’ve ever felt a wave of nostalgia, wept, or had a sudden burst of energy while listening to a song, you probably know how much music can affect your mood and emotions. Music is more than just a way to process feelings or relax. Many songs’ lyrics also address topics that people can relate to.
Research shows that music can be good for your mental health and well-being in a number of ways.
For instance, music might help boost your immune system. It could also be a good way to distract yourself. Music is also known to help reduce anxiety symptoms and slow down the heart rate.
A team of researchers published an integrative review in 2021 that found that music can help children who are in the hospital feel less anxious before and during procedures. In another study, it was found that music has beneficial effects on physical activity, which is good for sports.
Over the last few decades, a lot of research has been done on the positive effects of music on the stress response, the affective domain, the cardiovascular system, cognition, and other aspects. Mediation music is a type of music that has been the subject of a lot of research. Even though research has shown that listening to relaxing music may help with anxiety, stress, and general well-being, more research is needed.
Meditation music can be a very effective way to get to sleep. Studies have shown that music can help people feel less anxious, relax, and sleep better.
One study found that people with insomnia could fall asleep faster and sleep better with meditation music. The people who listened to meditation music for sleep also felt less sleepy during the day and more rested when they woke up.
Depending on the kind of music you listen to, your brainwaves can change in different ways when you hear it. Slow, relaxing music can help raise alpha brainwaves and lower beta brainwaves, both of which are linked to deep sleep. In one study, adults who listened to 45 minutes of slow music before bed fell asleep faster and slept better than those who didn’t listen to music.
Here is a music album that was compiled by Mental Daily.