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5 beneficial effects of music in the morning

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As you already know, listening to melodies and sounds influences our psycho-physical state and can have stimulating or relaxing effects on our mood, starting from here today we will discover the 5 beneficial effects of music and why music is a panacea for the morning.

It is now common language the term Power Music that we use to indicate an adrenaline-filled song , which “pushes”, that is characterized by high BPM (beats per minute), a bit like “Running to Rock” , the most followed playlist on Spotify between 170 and 190 BPM.

In fact, in the morning we recommend that you choose this type of music because the high BPM significantly increases the level of excitement and good mood, so it is the best way to start the day.

Music, a “legal drug”

Don’t be scared, we don’t say so, says Dr. Costas Karageorghis of Brunel University in London, in fact he believes that listening to music is a type of “legal drug” that improves performance.

He has also studied the bio-hacking skills (i.e. positively influencing our functioning, because it is better to improve health in a preventive form rather than fight with possible future diseases) of music on performance for more than 20 years and is one of the leading world experts in the psychology of music in physical exercise.

Music tunes your mood

Music tunes your mood

Music, or rather the sound waves that our hearing perceives in the brain are converted into electrochemical nerve signals, sharp and loud sounds activate the brain to release cortisol, increase heart rate and trigger a “fight or flight” response, ideal situation within 30 min. from waking up , so not only high BPM, but high volume.

Fight stress by choosing the right BPM

Music can reduce stress and positively affect your body in various ways. The slower a song is, the more likely you are to have deeper breathing , lower blood pressure, and lower heart rate. Faster music has the opposite effect : pumping your vital signs and pushing you to move, what you need in the morning.

The 5 beneficial effects of music

We’ve come to the core of our article, music is a cure-all in the morning , but what are its beneficial effects? Let’s find out together

1. Increase happiness

This might seem obvious, but the natural chemical process that takes place is pretty amazing.

If you need an emotional boost, just listen to 15 minutes of your favorite tunes to get a natural “high” . This is because your brain releases endorphins and dopamine, neurotransmitters that lead to greater feelings of happiness, excitement and joy when you listen to the music you like.

2. Improve physical performance

Music improves physical performance (with a so-called ergogenic effect), reduces perceived effort and increases physiological efficiency.

Performance improvement has been demonstrated on both aerobic (eg running, cycling, elliptical) and anaerobic (eg weight lifting, Wingate test) activities.

3. Improve cognitive performance

Music, and also light, act as psychoactive substances, improving cognitive ability, especially in favor of learning and memory, but also on a wide variety of cognitive factors.

I’ll tell you a secret: singing your favorite song helps your brain function . So after you get out of bed, jump in the shower and organize a concert!

4. Strengthens the immune system

Music has been shown to be able to improve immune parameters and effectively reverse the negative effects of stress on the number and capacity of lymphocytes needed for an optimal immune response against disease.

5. Increase energy readiness

A recent Australian study found that certain sounds can decrease morning dizziness , also called perceived sleep inertia, so you wake up faster and feel more alert.

Songs with rhythmic melodies seem to have an energizing effect, “increasing arousal, cognition and attention,” which helps you feel less groggy upon waking.

The right music for every occasion


We want to end this article by giving you some practical indications (of the BPM ranges) to choose the ideal music in the various moments of your morning routine, it is clear we do not recommend which songs or artists to listen to, but only which type of songs is more suitable.

  • Get up and turn off : Many people use their favorite song by setting it as their wake up call in the morning. Do it too, choose a bright and lively melody, no lower than 120 BPM, to wake up on the right foot every day.
  • Sweat : Nothing gets your blood pumping like a custom workout playlist. Even though every workout routine is different, always choose songs between 120 and 160 BPM because remember: more movement = more performance.
  • Breathe Deep : Like the creative flow, sweet melodies around 50-80 BPM can induce a meditative state. Find instrumental music that relaxes you. Clear your mind and focus on measured breathing to slow down your thoughts.

What you have just read are our tips to set up your morning music routine at its best, but we want to do more, in fact below you will find our last bonus tip for the evening:

  • Sweet dreams : Music around 60 BPM can induce alpha brainwaves, ideal for relaxing and sleeping after listening to such tunes for about 45 minutes. Listen to the right soundtracks to enjoy a stress-free sleep.
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