A very interesting type of music is the Binaural Beats. Scientifically based and in principal a sound theory. But for every pro discussion, I found a con discussion. Some insist it works, others call it a bunch of malarkey. I found Binaural Beats for sleep to be a mixture of both.
So, I say, give it a try. You may be pleased, or you may dislike but I can say for sure you will be more knowledgeable about the subject
when the next discussion arises. And even better, unlike sleep medication, Binaural and Monaural beats are completely natural, and the quality of your sleep is likely to increase with use, not decrease.
But first… What is it?
A binaural beat is an auditory illusion perceived when two different pure-tone sine waves, both with frequencies lower than 1500 Hz, with
less than a 40 Hz difference between them, are presented to a listener dichotically (one through each ear). If you have a 530 Hz tone to your right ear and a 520 Hz tone to your left ear, you will have an auditory illusion of a third tone. These frequencies when processed by the brain cancel each other out, creating the new frequency. This third sound is called a binaural beat and would have a pitch of a frequency of 10 Hz, that being the difference between the 530 Hz and 520 Hz tones.
The brainwave frequencies that determine our levels of alertness are:
Beta (13 – 40 Hz) – Active, alert and focused
Alpha (8 -12 Hz) – Relaxed, calm and creative
Theta (4 – 8 Hz) – drowsy, light sleep and dreams
Delta (less than 4 Hz) – Deep sleep
Monaural beats are very similar to binaural beats, except that they are created by playing binaural beats through speakers instead of headphones or earphones. The difference is that instead of your brain producing the effect of cancelling out the wave and producing the low frequency beat, it
instead mixes in the air where it is perceived by the ears, with no brain processing involved.
Music or Sounds?
And that is a discussion (ok, argument) I’ve had with many friends and even a few strangers. Not just about the music I listen to verses the sounds THEY listen to, but in Binaural Beats also. I have sampled different binaural styles, and by far, my favorite incorporates binaural beats with ambient music. The ambient music actually provides a focus point for me and enhances the binaural experience. Ambient is, by definition, music you can listen to or ignore. At work, combining the two gives me the opportunity to take quick mini-breaks without disturbing the flow of thoughts or the process. For relaxation into sleep, I can use the music to focus on clearing thoughts and allowing my mind to clear.
Binaural beats are compatible with everything. They can be added to ambient, nature sounds, and what I refer to as White Noise. I much
prefer having music as a covering, allowing the beats to flow thru my sub-conscience.
Reviewing DEEP Theta Binaural Beats
I used the album “LET GO of Fear, Overthinking & Worries 432Hz Deep Relaxation” as a test for how effective and relaxing binaural beats would be. The conditions were far from ideal but were a fairly good reflection of my normal approach for sleep, except that I had to sleep in a different room and bed than normal. To get the best sound, I used a good pair of ear buds.
The binaural beats were not noticeable thru the of background “music”. I was slightly distracted by the choice but as I settled in and began to relax I found myself starting to drift off faster than usual. I woke about four hours later feeling refreshed and ready to begin the afternoon chores and tasks.
Overall, I was impressed but the ear buds and the white noise were a distraction. Note to self: remember to screen future selections for ambient music before sampling.
Reviewing Happiness Frequency – Serotonin, Dopamine and Endorphin Release Music, Binaural Beats Relaxing Music
For this album, I “recruited” my son and my daughter. Both settled in comfortable chairs, away from distractions and with a book to read. To save time, and to not interrupt too much of their Xbox time, I put a one-hour time limit on this. My son, Damien, age 17, appeared slightly surprised when I
called time. His appraisal? Short and to the point. “Before listening, I felt full of energy. Listening to this music while reading a book really mellowed me out and afterwards I felt relaxed. I would recommend this album.” High praise, indeed. I did notice that Damien appeared calmer and more in control than normal.
Calisto, my 15-year-old daughter, was also short and concise. “Before I felt wound up, my muscles were tight. During the hour, I felt tension fall away and I became calm. Afterwards, I was calm and peaceful, and I don’t think anything could get me angry.” The not getting angry lasted for a half-hour, not bad for a teenager, and I’ll settle for that any day.
Overall, I was pleased with using binaural beats as an aid. I plan to begin a longer testing period for myself and to use it throughout the workday (Beta tones) as monaural. I will make sure I have ambient music as a background.
For the kids, I think I will begin using the study, focus and concentration binaural beats as they do homework, as well as for relaxation. I think that will be better for them then the music they currently use. I know it will be for me!
So, give binaural beats a try. You may just become a fan…or not. If you have a favorite type of music for mediation and relaxation, let me know. I am always on the look-out for new sounds.
Any and all questions and comments welcomed, I will get back to you soon.
Walking the Path of Peace,