Benefits of listening to music for the brain

Listening music can improve memory, concentration and creativity. The right type of music can also help you relax and sleep better at the end of a long day.  

Certainly there are more benefits than disadvantages of listening to music. Keep up reading to learn more about the impact of music in the brain.

Benefits of listening music to the brain
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The Brain Neurotransmitters and Cortisol

The brain neurotransmitters are the chemical messengers that regulate how we think, feel and act. They are the “feel good” chemicals in our brain. 

Some of the brain neurotransmitters are acetylcholine, dopamine, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), glutamate, histamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin.

The imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain can be translated into frustration with life, a lack of self-worth, stress overload, eating disorders (especially bulimia), abuse/self-abuse of substances like alcohol or street drugs (also known as addiction), poor diet and lack of exercise (which also depletes neurotransmitters) , painful events that occur during childhood or physical abuse which causes an increase in cortisol levels within the body.

Cortisol is the stress response hormone that is produced when the body is in a fight or flight event. Cortisol and stress are not a bad thing as some people might think.

The issue relies on being in constant and chronic moments of stress that eventually too much of the cortisol levels in the body will eventually end up in body inflammations and diseases.

And if the body is constantly producing cortisol, this also will deplete pregnenolone, a pre-hormone needed also to build cortisol and other hormones of the body, causing an hormonal imbalance.

Young woman listening to music with mobile phone outdoor. Happy listening to music with earphone.

Why is music good for the brain?

Many people listen to music for entertainment, but many others also use it as a tool to improve their brain function. Music affects the brain in several ways:

It also reduces stress and anxiety by allowing you to be more relaxed.

In addition, music can help you manage your emotions better because it allows you to detach from what’s going on around you.

These are just a few of the benefits of listening to music while you study or work at home.

Music and returning the brain balance

Music is able to impact the brain in a number of ways such as improving focus and attention, especially when listening to music alone.

This can be a very useful skill for people who have Attention Deficit Disorder to improve their ability to concentrate and focus on tasks that are tedious or boring.

There are several studies that show that listening to music can help with improving cognitive function and working memory (remembering things), which is helpful for those who have Alzheimer’s disease or other diseases which cause problems with thinking.

Music therapy is increasingly being used as an alternative therapy for depression and anxiety disorder, due to the positive impact music has on the brain neurotransmitters.

As there are several methods for reducing stress, music is one, and certainly can be a support to restore a person’s balance.

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