Everybody loves music — it’s something that’s intrinsic to who we are, long before MP3s, iTunes, CDs, or even cassettes (remember those?).  Regardless of age, it’s a hobby that people from all backgrounds and walks of life have incorporated into their lives.  However, what most people may not realize are the amazing benefits that music has on their health and overall well-being.  Here are just five ways that you may not know that benefit you when you listen to different music.

1. Mental Reasoning

Everyone has heard about how playing Mozart for your child when he or she sleeps makes them smarter.  Though that may not be quite the case, there has been evidence to show how playing an instrument helps children with their mental reasoning. (Source: PLOS | One)


2. Stimulation During Exercise

When working out and exercising, you probably have that one “pump up, get the blood flowing” song you always find yourself listening to — your power song. It’ll be fast, active, and it’ll motivate you to get started.  And — there’s good reason for that! Studies have shown that these fast songs actually stimulate you to start exercising!  Your blood flows, you feel energetic because the song is energetic, and to boost, you may even be distracted from your running pains. (Source: Active.com)

Check out how #VAVANation member Cynthia Leu powers through her workouts with music!

3. Stress Release

Feeling stressed? Not just you — stress levels are at an all-time high globally.  However, taking the time to sit back and relax with calm and slow music has been shown to be to your benefit.  The slow tempo and light tones of soft jazz or classical music can help to ease your mind.  Just don’t force yourself to relax or else you may end up building more stress! (Source: University of Nevada, Reno)


4. Memory Boost

The brain is all about association.  Studies have shown that eating chocolate while studying and right before an exam has increased memory benefits.  Like chocolate, music can have the same effect by bringing back old memories and help increase those memory skills when you need an extra boost. (Source: Johns Hopkins University)


5. Sleep

As stresses rise in today’s world, we find ourselves losing sleep or having restless sleep.  However, studies have shown that sleep with classical music can be used to treat insomnia.  Perhaps it is something about the soothing tones of classical music that put you at ease or the lightness of strings, woodwinds, and brass. (Source: pubmed.gov)

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Music is already a fantastic tool for today’s society.  Why not have even more reason to listen to music than to benefit yourself?