Music: Sound Benefits

The Sound Mind

Dr. Andrew Huberman explains how to use music, and sound, to maximize it’s benefits.  I’ve summarized the actionable benefits below.

Listening to your favorite music 10 to 30 minutes can have the following benefits:

  • Reduced heart rate & increased heart rate variability (Article on Heart Variability). 
  • Slows breathing, leads to deeper breathing & benefits last the whole day. 
  • Positive effects on the cardiovascular system.

Listening to faster music (140 beats/minute), 10-15 minutes prior to a physical activity:

  • Creates better results.
  • Increases motivation to engage. 

To enhance concentration while working on mental tasks:

  • Listening to 40 Hertz binaural beats, white noise, or brown noise can be beneficial.
  • The second best alternative is silence while doing mental work.
  • Listening to music you enjoy, during breaks, or in between study sessions, enhances the cognitive work when returning after the break.

Caveat: Typically, listening to music you like, during studying, reduces the effectiveness in studying.

How to effect mood:

  • Faster music (140 beats/minute) improves ood. 
  • It takes about 9 minutes to shift from sad to happy. 
  • When sad, listening to music at 60 beats/minute, for 13 minutes, can help to process and reduce sadness.

The full video can be found on YouTube here: Huberman: How To Use Music

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