Do you need to cram for an upcoming exam? Or maybe you want to unwind after a stressful day at work? Rather than put on your go-to indie playlist, why not listen to some classical music?
Now, you probably think that it’s “boring” or “stuffy.” After all, it’s created by a bunch of old guys who wear fancy wigs. But that’s far from the truth. It can actually be inspiring, exciting, and soothing.
What’s more, classical music has a lot of mental and physical benefits. In fact, listening to classical music can boost your mood, productivity, and creativity. Don’t believe us? Well, there’s plenty of scientific proof to back it up. For instance, French researchers found that students who listened to a lecture in which classical music was played in the background scored better on tests compared to students who didn’t.
Not only does listening to it boost brainpower, but it also fights depression and helps you fall asleep. According to a study, listening to classical music for just 45 minutes prior to bed can help improve sleep quality.
Wait there’s more! To view more benefits of listening to classical music, check out the infographic below:
Next time you want to relax or prepare for a big test, put on some Bach, Mozart, or Beethoven. Better yet, create your own classical music playlist on Spotify or Pandora. This way you have a playlist ready for when you need to get down to business or simply relax.
This article originally appeared on TakeLessons.com. Brooke Neuman is a music editor at TakeLessons, an online marketplace that connects thousands of teachers and students for local and live online music lessons.