20 Aug Are You Taking Good Care of Your Voice?
Last time, we talked about taking care of your health as an artist. The topic for today may seem similar although it is geared towards your voice in particular.
If you are a singer, voice actor, radio host, or a public speaker, taking care of your voice is of paramount importance. We rounded up some vital tips that you might find helpful in this regard.
Live Science posted a great article with some helpful points.
Drink water to keep your body well hydrated, and avoid alcohol and caffeine. Your vocal cords vibrate very fast, and having a proper water balance helps keep them lubricated.
Allow yourself several “vocal naps” every day especially during periods of extended use. For instance, teachers should avoid speaking during the breaks between classes and find quiet ways to spend the lunch hour rather than talking in a noisy staff room with colleagues.
Don’t smoke, or if you already do, quit. Smoking raises the risk of throat cancer tremendously, and inhaling smoke (even secondhand smoke) can irritate the vocal cords.
One thing that most people do not know is that the quality of your sleep greatly impacts your voice. Sleep allows your body tissues to be repaired and that, of course, includes the vocal cords. Sleep.org came out with a great article on why sleep is necessary.
It Helps You Feel Refreshed
Your brain is busy restoring itself while you sleep. While you’re awake, certain neurons in the brain are actively producing a chemical called adenosine, which is a by-product of cell activities. When this chemical builds up, it causes you to feel sleepy. While you’re busy catching up on zzz’s, though, your body clears itself of adenosine, which allows you to awaken feeling alert and refreshed, rather than tired.
It Repairs Tissues and Helps Them Grow
Sleep provides an opportunity for rejuvenation. Many of the critical restorative functions in the body—like tissue repair and muscle growth—occur mostly or only during sleep.
It Relaxes Muscles
During REM sleep, muscles are relaxed, which can help relieve tension and reduce symptoms of certain types of chronic pain. Just like you couldn’t mentally focus for 24-hours straight at your day job, your body needs a break to chill out so it can conquer the next day with gusto.
But getting the perfect sleep does not happen by accident. For example, what you eat, the clothes you wear in bed, the lighting conditions in your bedroom, and most importantly, the kind of mattress you sleep on can all affect the quality of your shuteye.
While picking the right mattress is vital, it can also be difficult considering the sea of brands you have to choose from. These days, the internet seems to have answers for everything and when it comes to picking the right sleeping implements, Battle Mattress appears to be a great tool. It allows users to make quick comparisons before making orders.
Although you may have been blessed with a great voice from birth, you still need to take care of it. These tips can help keep your voice hitting all those high notes with perfect pitch.