Getting In-tune with Your Focus Using Music
Are you having trouble focusing? Music can help you.
The University of Maryland Medical Center unveils that music has a powerful effect of decreasing blood pressure, heart rate, and anxiety levels in heart patients. Imagine, if it can enhance the health of heart patients, what can music do for healthy bodies like yours? Multiple research has shown the powerful benefits of music and how your body responds positively to music. Listening to music elevates your concentration, reduces your stress, improves memory, and optimizes your learning or other activity.
I have previously written about my first student more than ten years ago who still plays the piano under pressure. She and many others resort to music amidst their stress because music activates both left and right sides of your brain. This activation sparks both your creativity and analytical skill, then gets you in a super awesome mood! Do you want to know something even more awesome? Music can even help you to sleep better! Listening to classical music has been noted to treat insomnia in college students effectively; in other words, a cheaper and healthier alternative to induce sleep than medications.
It also means the importance of listening to the right music suitable for the occasion.
Different genres of music for specific events help you focus while enhancing your mood at the same time. I have mentioned above how classical music induces sleep in college students in research, where it also helps them focus during their study. A France-based university conducted a study once where they halved a group of students of the same age, health, and academic performance. The researchers turned on classical music on the first group during a lecture, whereas the second group underwent the same lesson in silence. After the lecture, both groups attended the same test, and it turned out that the group with classical music scored better than the other group. Although music preference is customizable to different personalities, considerable research has proven that classical music is the most effective way to optimize focus and sleep quality.
Are you having a lack of quality sleep? Music can help you as well. The powerful art form has a popularity for pushing people to dance, and the famous genres nowadays generally have faster tempos and playful beats than the others. Contrarily, music can also put you at ease, relaxed, and calm. In another study, a group of researchers identifies a significant decrease of time taken to fall asleep among insomniac individuals. Without music, these people would struggle with 27 to 69 minutes to fall asleep, but the number fell to only six to 13 minutes after adopting music. That is a significant drop, slashing an hour to only less than a quarter! It is not clear on specific genres to enhance your sleep hygiene, yet, it is best to self-curated playlists to put you in a completely relaxed state. As I mentioned above, music is highly customizable to a variety of personalities! It will help if you remember that music can also induce deep emotions or with words you can understand stops you from sleeping better, as it pushes your brain to exercise.
However, you cannot be listening to the same genres during your workout. Many people have different playlists to activate their "beast" mode, work out harder, and achieve immediate results. While many prefer hip-hop, metal, rock, and electronic dance music for their workout, it is essential to note that the music you listen to has to make you groove! During your workout, music will boost your rhythm response. It helps you find your pace, which means your brain will work to synchronize your movement to the rhythm of the music. Rhythm response also means that you will exercise harder; the American Council of Exercise noted that music could help increase endurance workout up to 15%. Believe it or not, it also can be a good distraction from the exercising sore you will probably be facing!
Music tricks our brain into a particular mode.
Music provides a total brain workout. It helps us optimize the process and maximize our result, in which our brain works towards a specific goal of the activity. According to John Hopkins Medicine's research, tuning in to your favorite music or playing an instrument stimulates your brain and keeps your brain engaged throughout the natural aging process. I have previously written about the benefits of learning music as an adult, which challenges all the myths about how an adult brain has been set to maturity. It is easier for the brain to form pathways when you are a child; however, that does not halt the possibility of adults learning music. It does not only help to store memories and ease your emotions, but it also helps us forge new pathways to absorb new learning materials, and better yet, create lasting memories with them.
Let's build a better version of ourselves together using music! Do you know that Ensiklomusika Music School opens up classes for students of all ages? We have super talented instructors who love diverse genres of music, which means they can jive together with your favorite genres. Find out here to get more information on how we can grow together as students and educators!