Listening to soft music or sounds of nature helps restore cognitive function because it allows your mind to relax for a while. Sound therapy can be very effective in reducing sleep disorders by improving sleep patterns and even helping you develop better strategies for getting a good night’s rest. The world is a noisy place, and many of us spend excessive amounts of time listening to sounds such as traffic, airplanes, construction, television, and more. Unfortunately, stress is more a matter of course in today’s world than ever before. Many people who are struggling with physical or emotional trauma can find relief by learning to manage their fight or flight response through sound therapy.
What is natural sound therapy?
Natural sounds and green environments have been associated with relaxation and wellbeing for hundreds of years. The participants also completed a task to measure their attention and reaction time during each soundscape. Noise pollution disrupts this natural sound by contaminating an acoustic environment with unwanted or artificial sounds. Now, thanks to a plethora of nature apps and sound machines, you don’t even have to be in the wild to feel that sense of calm.
Overall, sounds of nature have been associated with a decrease in the body’s sympathetic response (which causes that fight-or-flight feeling) and an increase in the parasympathetic response, which helps the body relax and function under normal circumstances and is sometimes referred to as the residual digestive response.