Rejoice! Believe it or not, research indicates that listening to music may be quite helpful in slowing down ageing. It does not even really matter all that much if you prefer digestible pop hits or a little bit of the ol’ blues either. The mythical fountain of youth can be easily found in music from all sorts of genres and simply listening to music can make you look a lot more youthful over time. Confused? Skeptical? Maybe a little bit curious? Read on to discover how music makes this possible.
Music May Counteract The Ageing Effects Of Stress
Everyone knows that extreme, prolonged stress harms our body in a whole host of ways but did you know that one of them includes accelerated ageing? Yes, stress can indeed age you — fast. And it isn’t just confined to your overall mood either. Whenever you feel stressed, your body ups the ante with the production of stress hormones known as cortisol. This hormone is necessary to our normal bodily functions in controlled amounts, but far too much of it can rapidly age you. Cortisol exerts an inflammatory effect on your body, including your skin, which often ends up damaging your skin’s dermis layer. As a result, your skin will lose its suppleness far more quickly. One study found that stress can also make you more susceptible to falling ill as cells that are part of your immune system are often compromised as a result. This is bound to compound matters further. Being sick can be a very stressful experience, in itself, especially since it holds you back from being able to perform your daily responsibilities. The result, ultimately, is a vicious stress cycle that can only be broken if you find the right coping mechanism — here is where music comes in.
Listening to music makes you feel better by helping you effectively destress, and there’s a science behind that. When you slow down just to focus on a piece of music that is pleasing to you, it takes your mind off your stressors long enough for your body to respond by releasing hormones that make you happy, such as dopamine. These happy hormones, in turn, cause a decrease in cortisol levels until they fall back well within a healthier range. One study even found that music is far more effective at lowering cortisol levels than other auditory sources such as white noise or the sound of waves. Meanwhile, another study discovered that people who listen to music more often are even able to respond more effectively to stressors and recover much more efficiently than others.
Help Your Skin Recover Through Sleep
Ensuring that you’re getting the right amount of sleep allows your body to recover much more efficiently — and listening to music can help you do just that. Plenty of people suffer from sleep deprivation because they struggle to get into the right headspace for it. The result is a body that isn’t able to counter all the abuse that has been done to it throughout the rest of the day. This can manifest in the form of skin damage, such as fine lines and wrinkles, as well as hair that has lost its lustre. If this sounds like you, consider listening to calming music before bed. Multiple studies indicate that easy-listening classical music works especially effectively in this regard. You may find that not only are you finally falling asleep, but you may actually sleep much more soundly and wake up much more well-rested. As you lay your head to rest at night, your body will be able to fully concentrate on performing all the necessary repairs in your skin and hair, rather than perform a whole range of other tasks it needs to do when you are awake.
Music Can Motivate You To Exercise
Listening to the right kind of music can also help you slow down the physical effects of ageing by making you put in more effort into your exercise. Research found that music that progresses at a quick rapid pace a fast pace often works most effectively in this regard. Subjects listened to music while using a stationary bike but were left in the dark about the fact that the researchers actually subtly made sped up and slowed down the tempo of the music. Whenever the songs sped up, though, all of them saw a significant increase in performance. In other words, they were actually cycling much faster, further, and harder whenever the music was a lot faster. They also slowed down considerably whenever the music slowed down. In fact, they also reported that they even found that they enjoyed the song even more when the tempo was sped up.
This shows that music can indirectly slow down ageing since exercise has, time and time again, been found to be a most effective stress relief. In addition, by working harder, you may be able to stay healthier much longer, making your body much more able to conserve your physical health, including your skin condition. So, what are you waiting for? Open your music library and craft the perfect ultimate exercise playlist now!