Music and Its Effect on The Brain
Music can control how our brain functions, making it a powerful tool. Listening to different types of music can alter our moods, but music can actually go as far as changing the speed of our brainwaves. Music can slow our brainwaves and heartbeat to release stress.
Different music genres have profound effects on our emotions. Listening to fast music, such as dance music, can help you concentrate and move faster. Upbeat music, such as most pop music, can induce positive and optimistic notions. However, listening to slower music, such as some jazz or reggae, can relax your body and even help you sleep better!
Music To Help You Sleep and Relieve Stress
Slower BMP music has been proven to relax your muscles and soothe stress. This works as our brainwaves can match the speed of the music. Music around 60 beats per minute can cause the brain to synchronise and create alpha brain waves which are present when we sleep. This enforces optimum relaxation and can even drift you off to sleep. Music, such a tracks listed below, can help you release you stress and sleep better:
- All Saints - Pure Shores
- Adele - Someone Like You
- DJ Shah - Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix)
- Enya - Watermark
- Mozart - Canzonetta Sull’aria
These music tracks are varied genres so you can find the perfect type of music for you to relax to. They are all slow paced songs so, when in a relaxed position, listening to these types of songs will gradually slow your heartbeat down.
The Effect of Music on the Human Stress Response Research
There has been lots of research on how music can affect human’s stress levels. Findings show that music does impact the psychobiological stress system. This means listening to slow paced music can help you recover from stress inducing thoughts or activities.
"The Effect of Music on the Human Stress Response" paper even found that the sound of rippling water can help you control your stress the best. When participants listened to the sound of rippling water their cortisol levels were the lowest, so the participants were more relaxed.
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