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Music has been an integral part of mankind and is often associated with civilization. It can be dated to a long time back as a community-oriented living had music amidst other forms of entertainment and connectivity. Times have changed, though, and so have the genres and type of music. The utilities of music are definitely added feathers in the cap over the original purpose that it serves. There are some interesting claims about the role of music in enhancing the memory power of individuals as well. 

Music has been scientifically proven to be beneficial, having effects such as...

Reducing stress

It has been found that music helps in the release of stress-relieving hormones in the body, which can substantially reduce stress and anxiety. It is due to this fact that many people instinctively resort to listening to music as a stress-buster. Some even find it useful while studying, as it has a soothing effect in itself.

Enhancing blood vessel function

There are quite a few studies that prove that music can lower blood pressure. The force with which blood flows in the vessels is reduced. Thus, both listening to and creating or playing music have implications and applications in the treatment of hypertension.

Improving sleep quality

There are some specific types of music that enhance the release of waves from the brain that are mainly associated with deep sleep. If you are suffering from irregular sleep patterns or do not regularly and consistently get the required amount of deep sleep, music may act as a therapy for the cause.

Improving cognitive performance

Cognitive functions include the ability to comprehend and perform physical functions to the best of the ability. It is something that automatically and expectedly declines with age. However, music stimulates the appropriate portion of the brain to ensure that the abilities are retained for a longer period. Therefore, cognitive performances are improved with the help of music.

4 ways music affects your memory

The principal ways how music has been found to be beneficial from the memory point of view are as follows-

Improves your memory by stimulating your mind

The brain is a vital organ of the body that is associative as well as performative. The different parts of the brain are responsible for different functions. The cortex and paracortical areas are the most important parts which are associated with memory. As and when you listen to music or play a musical instrument, you keep stimulating these vital areas of the brain, and thus your memory automatically improves. 

Keeping this point in mind, music has been used as a potent option for therapy for patients who have dementia or Alzheimer's disease. It also increases the amount of grey matter in the brain, which gets convoluted and improves the connections made with the left and right sides. Thus, it has an overall beneficial effect as well. It is a regularly cited reason that learning music or playing an instrument is encouraged at a young age.

Helps you recall feelings and emotions

There have been multiple instances where you might tend to associate a song or music with a person, the feelings attached to the person as well as the emotions related to times spent together. When you hear the music again later, it brings back memories as well as the emotions. You can gain access to the subconscious portion of your mind through music and extract memories from it.

It helps you focus

Not all types of music are applicable for this, but it also depends on person to person. Classical music has been considered to be the most effective one in this aspect as it helps in improving concentration and focus at the same time. It has a nice tempo and rhythm to it that can set your mind on the right path that helps improve your ability to do something with more intent.

It boosts your health.

Quite amazingly, music is also associated with an improvement in overall health. It is caused by a cascade of reasons like the release of the right type of hormones, improved quality of sleep, indirect implications, lower blood pressure, and improving the immunity of the body. People who listen to music or take music lessons are known to live a healthier life.

How do you leverage the power of music to boost your memory?

As discussed before, music stimulates and interacts with the portion of the brain that is responsible for memory. Moreover, it can help form good connections in the brain and increase the amount of grey matter. Music can also be associated with a particular memory. Playing a musical instrument involves remembering sequences and sounds, and thus the cognitive abilities are also improved. Therefore, it plays a multifaceted role in boosting your memory.

It must have become clear by now that music has a lot of benefits and does play a major role in making you healthier. You can use music not only for entertainment but for many other aforementioned purposes as well, adding to and enhancing the quality of your life at any and every age.

by Curtis Dean

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