Is singing in the shower more than proving you are the next great star? Or are there more emotional and health benefits to this noisy bathroom past-time?
A recent survey has revealed that nearly 90% of us become instant rock stars as soon as we get into the shower. And while some of us may have a voice like Beyoncé and others sound more like a zoo has taken up residence in the bathroom, we all generally like to sing, upbeat, funky songs. Researchers surmise that being in the bath or shower relaxes us and gives us the freedom to enjoy the alone time and let loose with a favourite tune.
Health benefits to shower or bath singing
Singing in the shower or bath may be your time to test your viability for Idols but there has been serious research conducted on the health benefits to this practice. Research indicates that shower or bath singing could be doing us the world of good and is connected to a number of emotional and physical advantages.
Professor Graham Welch, Chair of Music at University College London says that singing in the shower could be especially good for us.
“Singing is a fully body workout, especially in the shower,” explains Professor Welch. “There are good acoustic resonances, moving warm/hot water, steam, physical movement, and a general sense of feeling good at the start of the day, which is when the emotional system kicks into gear. The emotional benefit of singing and expressing yourself, such as in the shower, will produce a “feel good” sense of wellbeing that will have health benefits in general, and also allow you to enter the world of work that day in a positive frame of mind.”
Singing is a complex process that engages different elements of the brain and provides mental stimulation which is what we need first thing in the morning. Singing in the shower or the bath not only gives your brain a boost but will also improve your heart health, “happy” hormones and reduce your stress levels.
Studies have delved deeper into this every-day activity and have linked shower or bath singing to improvements in the mental capacities of dementia patients and have found to have restored the speaking abilities of stroke patients. In a study done by researchers from the Harvard Medical School, patients who taught to put simple words to melodies were able to speak a full sentence in just one session.
Bathroom or shower ideas to make it the perfect “recording studio”
The hard wall surfaces, tiled floors and lack of soft furnishings create a pleasing acoustic environment. The multiple reverberations from walls improve the quality and richness of your voice. The smaller room and hard surfaces of a typical bathroom produce different kinds of sound waves and echoes providing your voice with a “fullness and depth.”
Bathroom tiles don’t absorb sound, so your voice will bounce back and forth around the room before fading away. The smaller space of a shower boosts your voice and even adds a little bass, making your singing sound more powerful and giving it more vocal styling – a homemade Auto-Tune that makes you sound better than you really are.
Knowing the health benefits and that there are ways to ensure you have the best acoustics, why not contact one of our OXO Bathroom professionals who can guide you in designing the best possible space for your next performance.