February 2, 2011
So, why should you sing?
There has been lots of research into singing and wellbeing to prove something that people who sing regularly already know.
- Singing makes you feel better, it lifts your spirits. It takes you out of the cares of the day and can release endorphins (those feel-good chemicals we get from sex and chocolate!)
- Singing physically reduces tension in the body and lowers the levels or stress hormone (cortisol) in the blood stream.
- Singing improves your posture and breathing and has a positive effect on your circulation– oxygenating your cells.
- Singing is an active pursuit which can be taken up despite any physical disability or injury. Singing improves concentration, memory and mental alertness The Alzheimer’s Society has a scheme called ‘Singing for the Brain’ – if it’s good for them it will be good for us too!
- Singing clears your sinuses and respiratory tubes and the toning of the soft tissues of the throat can reduce snoring.
- Singing gives you immediate pleasure (your sacculus organ in the inner ear is connected to the part of the brain which registers pleasure).