CAN YOU SING THAT SONG?

     
Medically reviewed by Debra Rose Wilson, Ph.D., MSN, R.N., IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT — Written by Rebecca Joy Stanborough, MFA on November 10, 2020

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People love to lớn sing. Whether or not they can carry a tune, people seem khổng lồ understand that there’s something positive — something healthy — in the act of raising their voices in song.

In fact, there’s solid scientific evidence to lớn prove that singing is, in fact, good for your body and your mind.

In this article we’ll take a closer look at how singing can benefit your physical and mental health, and how to lớn use signing as a size of therapy


Decades of research has shown that singing individually and in groups is good for you on many levels.

Here, according to lớn science, are 10 key benefits of raising your voice in song.

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1. Relieves bức xúc

Singing appears khổng lồ be a stress-reliever. A 2017 study measured the amount of cortisol, the bao tay hormone, in participant’s saliva before & after they sang.

Researchers in that study found that the amount of cortisol was lower after singing, an indication that people felt more relaxed after they’d belted out a tune.

They also found singing reduces bao tay levels whether the participants were singing in a group or by themselves.

There’s a small catch, though: Cortisol only goes down if you’re singing in a place that doesn’t make you anxious. A similar năm ngoái study tested salivary cortisol levels after a singing performance, finding that cortisol levels went up in this scenario.

2. Stimulates the immune response

There’s some evidence that singing may boost your immune system & help you fight off illnesses.

A 2004 study compared the effects of singing with the effects of simply listening to music. In two separate sessions, research subjects either sang or listened khổng lồ music.

Those who lịch sự showed higher levels of immunoglobulin A, an antibody your body secretes to help you fend off infections. Listening to music (without singing along) reduced bức xúc hormones but didn’t stimulate the body’s immune system.

3. Increases pain threshold

When you sing in a group, whether it’s a large choir or a smaller group, the act of collective singing causes your toàn thân to release endorphins. This hormone can help promote positive feelings, & even change your perception of pain.

A 2012 study found that singing, drumming, and dancing in a group triggers the release of hormones that raise your pain tolerance in ways that just listening to lớn music doesn’t.

Researchers note that the feelings of social connection, rather than the music itself, seems to lớn be behind the boost in pain tolerance.

4. May improve snoring

Regular singing may change the way you breathe, even when you’re not singing. Researchers in a 2008 study interviewed the spouses of choir members, along with the spouses of people who don’t sing.

The researchers found that significantly fewer choir members snored. This led them lớn recommend regular singing as a potential treatment for snoring.

Studies have also shown that people who play wind instruments also snore less than the general population.

These findings have prompted some experts to suggest that singing & playing wind instruments might be helpful for people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

5. Improves lung function

Because singing involves deep breathing and the controlled use of muscles in the respiratory system, it may be beneficial for certain lung và breathing conditions.

Studies have shown that the breathing techniques used with singing may offer benefits for people with the following conditions:

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While singing doesn’t treat or cure any of these conditions, you may benefit from gaining strength in your respiratory muscles.

Singing also increases the amount of oxygen in your blood, research shows. In addition to lớn the pulmonary benefits, singers also experience improved mood and a greater sense of social connection.

6. Develops a sense of belonging và connection

When you sing together with others, you’re likely lớn feel the same kind of camaraderie and bonding that players on sports teams experience.

In one năm trước study involving 11,258 schoolchildren, researchers found that children in a singing và musical engagement program developed a strong sense of community and social inclusion.

In a năm 2016 study involving 375 adult participants, researchers found that people who thanh lịch together in a group reported a higher sense of wellbeing and meaningful connection than people who sang solo.

One of the neurochemicals released when people feel bonded together is oxytocin, also known as the love hormone.

Spontaneous, improvised singing causes your toàn thân to release this feel-good hormone, which may help give you a heightened sense of connectedness và inclusion.

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7. Enhances memory in people with dementia

People with Alzheimer’s disease & other types of dementia experience a gradual loss of memory. Studies have shown that people with these conditions were able to lớn recall tuy vậy lyrics more easily than other words.

In one singing study by the Alzheimer’s Foundation, participants said it was “nice lớn be able to remember something.”

However, the singers found they remembered more than just the lyrics. For some, singing familiar songs suddenly brought back life memories they’d forgotten, too.

Researchers found that singing songs learned at a younger age caused a spontaneous return of autobiographical details for many people.

8. Helps with grief

Singing in a group doesn’t just help you with physical pain; it may also help with the emotional pain you feel after you’ve lost someone you love.

In a 2019 study conducted among people dealing with grief, researchers found that for those who lịch sự in a choir, depression symptoms didn’t get worse over time and their sense of wellbeing remained stable.

In fact, the choir singers felt a gradual improvement in their self-esteem during & after the 12-week study. Those in the control group who didn’t participate in the singing intervention didn’t report this benefit.

Researchers concluded that group singing may be a good option for people who need additional support during a time of grief.

9. Improves mental health và mood

A 2018 study done in the United Kingdom evaluated 20 people in a singing program known as The Sing Your Heart Out project. The participants included people with mental health conditions, as well as the general public.

Researchers found that the participants reported improvements in their mental health, mood, sense of well-being, và feeling of belonging as a result of these singing workshops.

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10. Helps improve speaking abilities

Decades ago, scientists began researching the effects of singing among people who have a hard time with speech due lớn a neurological condition.

To date, researchers have found that singing improves the speaking ability for people with:

Singing stimulates multiple areas of the brain at the same time. This may enable people with an impairment in one part of the brain to lớn communicate using other areas of their brain.

Singing can also prolong the sounds in each word, which may make it easier khổng lồ pronounce them.

Singing also makes it easier khổng lồ incorporate hand-tapping, a method that can help people maintain speaking rhythms that are otherwise challenging.