The Mental Health Benefits of Music | Rocky Mountain Health Plans Blog

The Mental Health Benefits of Music | Rocky Mountain Health Plans Blog

By RMHP

How Music Improves Concentration, Mood, and More

Whether you play an instrument fluently, love dancing the night away, or enjoy listening to music, no doubt that having more music in your life can provide surprising mental and emotional benefits. Here are some of the top benefits you might experience when you when you tune-in to your favorite beats. 

Music can help you think more clearly

Research suggests that playing background music while you complete another task can lead to enhanced cognitive performance. The effects have primarily been studied in students and older adults, but you probably know someone who swears they concentrate better with music playing in the background. 

If you’ve never tried turning on music while working on a task, give it a try to see if you focus more effectively. You may want to stick to instrumentals and avoid songs with complex lyrics since the words can be distracting. Research also suggests that listening to upbeat music, literally has more beats, increases productivity. 

Music is an excellent stress reliever

If you’ve ever turned up the radio for a car karaoke session after a long day of work, you likely recognize that music helps melt stress away.. 

Current research indicates that music with approximately 60 beats per minute can, “cause the brain to synchronize with the beat, causing alpha brain waves with frequencies from 8 - 14 hertz or cycles per second. This alpha brainwave is what is present when we are relaxed and conscious.” 

Everyone has different tastes in music, so this guideline may or may not work for your mind. Experiment with different songs and genres until you find something that makes you feel relaxed. 

Music helps increase sound sleep

Getting enough quality sleep is essential for good health, but many people struggle to fall asleep each night. Thankfully, certain types of music can help you catch more Z’s. 

In a study of college students with poor sleep health, participants listened to 45 minutes of classical music, audiobooks, or nothing before going to bed. The results found that students who listened to classical music had improved sleep quality when compared to the others. 

You don’t have to stick with classical music, either. Any type of music that is relaxing and soothing is worth trying if you want to sleep better. 

Music motivates your workouts

The right type of music has a significant impact on the quality of your workout. That’s because listening to music releases dopamine and opioids, two chemicals in the brain that help boost mood, lessen pain, and decrease feelings of fatigue. 

The tempo of some songs even helps you perform repetitive workouts like running or cycling more effectively because your brain and body are working together to keep up with the beat. 

Enjoying music around the Western Slope

Several communities along the Western Slope make a point to hold regular concerts, including free musical events. Here are some foot-tapping events to check out: 

This short list is far from complete, so be sure to check for other concerts and musical events in your town.

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