Get a wakeup call that’s music to your ears
For anyone who’s ever hit the snooze multiple times in the morning or struggled to activate the energy levels needed to face the day, music can be a welcome motivator and a natural way to brighten your mood the minute your feet hit the floor.
Music can spark a stream of tears or help them to dry; make our legs run faster or relax them for the night; wash away the anxiety of a stressful week or amp us up for a night on the town; or link us immediately to a distant memory from our childhood — good or bad. And while one person’s pick-me-up tune may bring on the blues for another, research has proven time and again that music and mood are inherently linked.
Starting your day on the right beat has never been easier thanks to broad range of wireless speakers and docking stations that make your beeping alarm clock a thing of the past. As far back as iOS 6, iPhone users have been able to trade out preloaded ringtones for their favorite songs. Docking stations like the Sharper Image Ambience Home Audio Docking Station turn your phone into a virtual stereo system, where you can charge your phone and let your favorite playlists jumpstart your morning.
Last year Business Insider reported that Spotify enlisted the help of music psychologist and Cambridge Ph.D candidate David M. Greenberg to create the perfect “wake up” playlist. According to the article, Greenberg and Spotify’s data team identified three main elements these songs needed to have:
Music that builds: A song that is too vigorous from the start won’t help you get out of bed — it’s too much too soon. Songs that start more gently and then build help you to wake up more gradually.
Positivity: Once alert, you need to get motivated for the day to come; positive lyrics can get you out of a grumpy state and shift you towards a feel-good attitude.
Strong beat: It’s not just the lyrics, it’s also the sonic elements of the music. Songs that emphasize beats two and four of each measure — usually with the bass and drums — with a BPM of approximately 100 to 130 will get you moving and further your good mood.
In 2105 Spotify and Bose collaborated to make this and other Spotify playlists more accessible at home than ever. With the Spotify app, you can control any SoundTouch speaker; and from the SoundTouch app, you can search for songs, albums, artists or your favorite playlists and stream them instantly.
“The home is one of the places where we want to deliver music fans innovative experiences,” Jorge Espinel, vice president of global business development at Spotify says in a press release.
Whether you download Spotify’s “wake up” list in its entirety or curate your own, you’ll find a range of compatible products that will make waking up a lot easier. From compact Bluetooth speakers to the premium sound of a wireless music system, you can launch your morning soundtrack with the touch of a button.
The benefits of listening to music go well beyond the morning. Scientists have long been interested in studying how our brain responds to music and how it can be harnessed to regulate emotion and mood.
The American Music Therapy Association traces the earliest notions of music as healing therapy all the way back to the writings of Aristotle and Plato. The 20th century profession formally began after World War I and World War II, when both amateur and professional musicians traveled the country to play for thousands of veterans suffering from the mental and physical trauma of war. Today the association’s mission is to make the public aware of the benefits of music therapy and to increase access to quality music therapy services.
But beyond those seeking out therapy in a formalized therapeutic setting, scientists continue to explore the ways listening to music throughout the day in a natural setting can have a positive influence on our mood. In a 2011 article published in Nature Neuroscience, the author concluded that listening to music causes your brain to release dopamine, a neurotransmitter that’s linked to reward and motivation. Listening to music can be so pleasurable that just thinking about listening to it can cause a release of dopamine.
Waking up to music has never been so easy or sounded so good.