How Listening to Music Can Alter your Hormones and Productivity
We are exposed to music on a daily basis, but did you know that it can have a serious positive and/or negative impact for your hormones and productivity?
There are multiple studies which show very clearly, how listening to various kinds of music can significantly alter the levels of anabolic hormones, stress hormones, productivity, mood, and even immune system functions.
In which way and are all the effects positive? Read below:
To Music or not to Music?
I got my first drum kit when I was 6 years old, ever since, playing and listening to music has played a huge part in my life…
…Needless to say, I was not very positively surprised when I stumbled upon this study some years ago, where it was concluded that listening to various kinds of music styles, caused an acute drop in the subjects testosterone levels. These effects were noted even when the subjects had the choice to listen to their favorite bands/artists
(to be fair, this study was conducted in Japan, so the music might not be that T friendly any way, haha).
Did those findings have any impact on the amount of music I consume?
Hell no. In fact, I’m writing this article with music playing on the background. I do most of my work while listening to music…
…And there’s a good reason for that:
- In a study from England, it was found out that listening to background music significantly raised efficiency in a series of experiments involving repetitive-work.
- According to Dr. Teresa Lesiuk, IT specialists who listen to music complete their tasks more quickly and come up with better ideas than those who don’t, because the music improves their mood and greatly reduces anxiety.
- Multiple other studies on the subject have shown that background music can be used to improve cognitive functions and productivity (study, study, study).
A large review study investigating over 400 studies on music, led by Professor Daniel J. Levitin, found out that music can be so strong stress-reliever that it reduces cortisol levels in subjects undergoing a surgery, more so than any prescription medicine used for such purposes.
What about workout music then?
Aside from the fact that lifting weights with huge ear muffs looks tad bit ridiculous, the acute reductions in testosterone noted by Fukui et al. could actually cause a small drop in your workout performance. This however, could be easily negated by the reduced stress and improved mood that comes by when listening to music, so I wouldn’t worry about that. I have personally had a good amount of gains and high T levels for a long time now, and the gym where I workout plays music from the speakers all the time.
— If the music is too loud, productivity will suffer, keep it as background noise when working.
— During work involving writing or speaking, instrumental music is recommended (lyrics distract the process).
— Heavy-metal music and heavy-ass weight lifting go hand-in-hand.
— The best stress-relieving music is something that includes sounds from nature.
— Video game music is awesome for productivity, since it’s designed to enhance the experience without distracting the player (I often write with this as background noise).