WE all know that laughter is the best medicine. But did you know that singing is also good medicine for us especially to those with burdens of depression, anxiety and physical challenges?
Singing does bring joy to many of us. Read on to find out why singing brings incredible benefits to our physical, emotional, and social health.
A study made at Iowa State University and presented at the Society for Neuroscience 2018 conference pointed that singing helps decrease the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Researchers measured heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol levels for 17 participants in a therapeutic singing group. All three measurements were reduced, and participants appeared less anxious and sad. The study also revealed improvements in motor symptoms and mood.
Another study also showed that choral singing helps boost immune system. Researchers measured the immunoglobulin A, an antibody that plays a critical role in the immunity of our mucus membranes. They found out that the antibody level increased 150 percent during rehearsals, and 240 percent during performances.
The researchers also noticed that in most cases, the Immunoglobulin A, were significantly higher immediately after the rehearsal. The same increases were not observed after the choir members passively listened to music.
Filipinos love to sing. But only few knew that singing can also be a natural antidepressant. It releases oxytocin, a hormone which has been found to alleviate anxiety and stress.
Whether you sing bad or always out of tune, did you know that you reap more health benefits than professional singers? It’s because they are less preoccupied with quality and more open to enjoying the experience of singing alone or in a group.
The study showed participants’ heart rates tend to beat in sync, producing a calming effect. Cancer patients and their caregivers report less anxiety and greater ease of breathing.
Here are more benefits of singing:
* Singing is a workout. For the elderly, disabled, and injured, singing can be an excellent form of exercise. Even if you’re healthy, your lungs will get a workout as you employ proper singing techniques and vocal projections. Other related health benefits of singing include a stronger diaphragm and stimulated overall circulation.
* Singing helps with sleep. According to a health article in Daily Mail Online, experts believed singing can help strengthen throat and palate muscles, which helps stop snoring and sleep apnea. If you’re familiar with these ailments, you know how difficult it can be to get a good night’s sleep.
* Singing improves mental alertness. Improved blood circulation and an oxygenated blood stream allow more oxygen to reach the brain. This improves mental alertness, concentration, and memory. The Alzheimer’s Society has even established a “Singing for the Brain” service to help people with dementia and Alzheimer’s maintain their memories.
* Singing can widen your circle of friends. Whether you’re in a choir or simply enjoy singing karaoke with your friends, one of the unexpected health benefits of singing is that it can improve your social life. The bonds you form singing with others can be profound, since there’s a level of intimacy naturally involved.
* Singing boosts your confidence. Stage fright is a common feeling for new singers. However, performing well and receiving praise from your friends and family may be the key to eventually overcoming your fears and boosting your self-confidence.