What can be done to keep the Brain Healthy?
07 November 2019
All my life I was drawn to classical music, I know some people either love or hate it but for me I always loved it and I like how it makes me think better and increases my mental performance. If you haven’t heard about all the positive benefits this style of music can give you, well here is something that I found very interested.
There are a ton of brainy benefits one derives from listening to classical music. From pain management to improved sleep quality, listening to classical music has both mental and physical benefits.
In fact, simply listening to classical music as background noise can have a significant impact on your mood, productivity, and creativity.
There is something called the “Mozart Effect,” which made many people believe that listening to music, particularly classical music, made you smarter. Well, it’s not that simple and clear cut, several studies have shown a similar trend. In a study done by Chakravarthi Kanduri, Computational Biology Researcher at the University of Helsinki, participants were split into two focus groups.
The first had musical experience, and the second did not. In the end, Kanduri concluded, “listening to classical music enhanced the activity of genes that are mainly related to reward and pleasure, cognitive functions and proper brain function.”
Music therapy has been used in a variety of medical fields since the 1800s. Studies have shown that soothing classical music is often played in post-anesthesia units because of its ability to improve comfort and reduce pain. This is due to the effect of the music on the brain, whereby it makes the person focus on the sounds rather than the physical pain.
If you’re feeling sad or overwhelmed, take a few moments of your day to listen to some classical music. Just like its healing properties, it has a tremendous effect on mood and stress, and has been proven to have the same physiological effects as a massage.
You know when you’re in the club turning up on a Saturday night, it gets too crazy and you need to take a step outside? Well, classical music has the opposite effect that that loud, aggressive, heavy beat music has on you. Club music can encourage stress and anxiety while classical music calms you down and improves your mood.
When listening to classical music, you are calming the mind, your body naturally follows and also enters a more relaxed state. This has proven extremely effective with people suffering from insomnia and other disorders. Classical, along with white noise and natural sounds, are favorites for therapists to use when conducting sleep therapy. Substitute your pills and other sleep “aids” for some classical music!
When you’re in the gym, you bump your favorite type of music to get you in the zone as you’re going through your reps. When you’re running, the music keeps you going and gives a little push when you’re about to give in.
I certainly need my music when I’m running or in the gym and guys like Austin Roberts agree with me. There have been studies that have shown a positive correlation between increased physical performance and any type of music. For some it’s classical and for others, it’s heavy metal.
Classical is no longer “high brow” music, but music that offers an amazing range of benefits. I think that sleeping better and faster alone is worth starting to listen to classical music, but it offers all the things mentioned above and then some.
Start and end your day with some Mozart, Bach, or Vivaldi and reap those benefits.