There are plenty of ways to spend a spare minute or a rainy day, but playing or listening to music may be the most popular. People often fill their free time after work, school, or other responsibilities with this pleasant hobby. Music can be fun, inspiring, and uplifting, whether it's enjoyed alone or with others; scientists have also identified concrete health benefits to listening to and playing music.

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1. Music May Improve Sleep

Experts estimate that 10 to 30% of the global population deals with insomnia, a sleep disorder that makes falling or staying asleep difficult. A 2017 analysis of 20 relevant studies found that relaxation with music improved how quickly sleep came to participants with insomnia and improved the quality of the sleep, as well. On a more general scale, other research has suggested that listening to music before taking a nap might improve sleep quality.

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