A beat a day keeps the doctor away: 5 Benefits of listening to more music

A beat a day keeps the doctor away: 5 Benefits of listening to more music

MusicJanuary 05, 2013

It makes you work out harder:
Like anyone who has listened to “Eye of the Tiger” and become motivated to beat up Mr. T, we here at Rooster have long used music to pump ourselves up for our annual session at the gym. Research now shows music’s incredible correlation with a better work out. According to the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, music reduced muscle fatigue, improved motor coordination and helped listeners push through uncomfortable muscle strain by producing a sense of relaxation. Next time your roommate catches you listening to “Call me Maybe,” just politely inform him you are about to do some pushups.

It improves your sleep quality:
We know you’re not getting that eight hours of sleep your body so desperately craves, so make the most of your measly five-hour night. A 2009 report from The Journal of Advanced Nursing, revealed listening to soothing music before sleeping improved sleep quality. The study showed that participants who played soft music before lying in bed fell asleep more quickly, had less nighttime awakenings, and felt overall much better the morning after. Scientists believe this change in sleep quality comes from music’s ability to reduce nervous-system activity, anxiety and blood pressure.

It boosts your immune system:
If there was ever a reason to have more Trap music in our life, this is it. So long antioxidant smoothie, hello Gucci Mane! In 2008, scientists discovered that after listening to 50 minutes of uplifting music, a person’s body experiences an increase in antibody production and a decrease in cortisol, a harmful—in too frequent doses—stress hormone. After repeated listens, scientists discovered your body will correlate certain music as immune boosting and thus call for antibody production accordingly. The same report also revealed listening to Ke$ha led to a marked rise in the need to take a shower or stick a pencil in your ear.

It helps you remember things:
In 2009, cognitive scientists at University of California Davis, discovered the music-processing part of the brain was actually the same area the brain used for self-reflection as well as recall of autobiographical memories. After countless tests, researchers showed the connection between music and autobiographical memory retention was significant. In fact, it proved so effective in triggering memories that doctors nationwide have begun using music to treat Alzheimers and dementia. Personally, we cannot wait for the day when 80-year-old us listens to “In da Club” and still remembers the time when we were indeed in the club.

It makes you horny:
Yep, you read that correctly. According to a recent survey conducted by Spotify, playing background music with a partner was 40 percent more likely to sexually arouse that partner than physical touch … which to us indicates someone didn’t have his “physical touch” figured out, but hey, it’s a somewhat-legit study for the deprived. The study was found disappointingly inconclusive when attempted with the most recent Kidz Bop album.