Jitters are the buddies I wish I could get rid of. They usually appear out of nowhere with other companions like anxiety and stage fright. There’s nowhere to hide from this undesirable bunch that’ll upset your graduation speech or important deal pitch. Thankfully, a posse of melodic comrades in the form of an anthem is able to suppress and dispel those nasty emotions from surfacing and ruining your bash.
A recent joint scientific research article done by faculty experts from various universities in the United Kingdom revealed that music can have an impact on physical, psychological and emotional states, thus acting as a non-invasive relaxing agent and sleeping aid. It was observed from both qualitative and quantitative findings that music went far beyond simple physical and mental relaxation that supports quality sleep.
Speaking of sleep, I can never have a good shut-eye whenever I am abroad unless I’m drained and wasted from the demanding activities done earlier in the day. My body is loyal to the cushy bed back in my humble abode, so unfamiliar firmness and thread count activates the transient alarm that prevents me from melting into a state of ease. No problem is without a solution. Although not immediate, blasting my favourite restrained bpm tunes works like a charm.
Note: the alternative R&B genre works the best for me.
Music has many promising neurological and physiological effects that may be indicative of its effective use in battling sleep loss. Clinical studies have suggested that listening to music reduces anxiety, curbs stress hormones and subjectively negates the effects of physical pain.
As expected, self-selected music is more effective than unfamiliar music, a finding that potentially diminishes the usefulness and efficacy of commercially available generic sleep playlists that consist of preconceived sedative music. These playlists generally include tracks with a relatively low tempo (60 to 80 beats per minute), low amplitude and relatively little or slow-moving change, and are of a smooth or legato nature.
Music can act as a tool to change one’s state of mind and regulate mood. The ‘perfect sleep song’ maybe one that compromises a number of baseline psychoacoustic guidelines that are tailored to the individual. Choose wisely before you push the play button; you wouldn’t want to sacrifice sleep over an addictive head-banger earworm.