How To Use Binaural Beats For Sleep Problems
Do you have trouble with insomnia? Anyone who has ever struggled to get to sleep knows how frustrating it is to lie there watching the hours ticking by, knowing that you’ll feel exhausted the next day. Occasional sleepless nights are bad enough, but chronic insomnia is even worse, and can have a devastating effect on your whole life.
Some people resort to sleeping pills, which can be effective in the short term, but can also lead to long term issues such as dependency and side-effects. They can also disrupt the normal sleep cycle, so even though you’re asleep, you’re not actually getting all the rest you really need. Other more natural methods such as meditation and relaxation techniques can help, but the results can be hit and miss. What many people need is an insomnia remedy that works more consistently, without having negative effects on the body or mind.
Fortunately, this kind of solution is available in the form of brainwave entrainment technologies such as binaural beats. Read on as we take a look at what binaural beats are, how they can help you to overcome insomnia, and how to use them most effectively.
What Is Brainwave Entrainment?
Brainwave entrainment (which is sometimes also referred to as brainwave synchronisation or brainwave stimulation), is a method of influencing the dominant frequency of the brainwaves produced by the brain. It involves exposure to a repeating stimulus, such as pulses of light or sound. If the frequency of the stimulus is within a certain range, the brain might tend to match – or entrain to – that frequency. This phenomenon is called the ‘frequency following response’.
This is useful because brainwaves of particular frequencies are associated with certain mental states and abilities. For example, a person who is producing mostly theta brainwaves (in the 4 – 8 Hz range) is likely to be experiencing a state of deep trance. So if you want to access this kind of trance state, listening to a recording that is designed to entrain your brain to the theta state may help.
Thanks to brainwave entrainment, people can access various states of consciousness with relative ease, without having to spend years learning meditation or mind control techniques.
Brainwave synchronization recordings are the easiest and most economical method to use. There are three types: binaural beats, monaural beats and isochronic tones. All three work very well, but when it comes to using brainwave entrainment for better sleep, binaural beats are often considered to be the best choice. This is because sleep recordings usually involve entrainment to the delta brainwave band (< 4Hz), and monaural beats and isochronic tones may not be as effective at these frequencies.
How Binaural Beats Work
When using binaural beats, you listen to two pure sine wave tones through headphones – one in each ear. These tones have slightly different frequencies, and as a result they sound slightly out of tune with each other. This frequency difference produces a slight warbling effect, which may be heard as ‘beats’ – hence the name.
After entering the ear, the two tones are integrated by the brain to produce a pulse (or beat), that repeats at a rate equal to the frequency difference between the pitches of the two tones. For example – you listen to tones with frequencies of 210Hz and 215Hz. The brain combines these and produces a 5Hz beat. It is this 5Hz pulse to which it entrains.
Headphones are necessary when listening to binaural beats, since a different frequency sound must enter each ear. However, the sine wave tones may be masked by relaxing music, sounds effects (such as running water) or pink/brown noise. These help to enhance the effectiveness of the recordings in many cases, as well as obscuring the sound of the beats, which some people don’t like.
Using Binaural Beats For Better Sleep
A binaural beats recording that helps to entrain the brain to the theta and delta frequencies can be useful for sleep issues. Theta waves are normally produced during dreaming (REM) sleep, and delta brainwaves are linked with deep (non-dreaming) sleep. By taking you from the waking state down to these lower frequencies, a good brain wave entrainment recording can make it easier to fall asleep easily.
If you decide to use the power of brainwave entrainment to sleep better, here are some tips to get the most from your recording:
- Listen after going to bed, when you’d normally want to go to sleep – it sounds obvious, but unlike other brainwave entrainment programs (which can be used at any time), binaural beats for insomnia relief should be used at night (or whenever you like to sleep). This way you’ll begin to associate going to bed with deep relaxation and restful sleep once again.
- Listen regularly – if you suffer from chronic insomnia, it’s important to use your recording on a regular basis, as it may take some practice before you experience the full effects. So use it every night after going to bed.
- Make sure you’re undisturbed – you should listen in a quiet environment where you won’t be disturbed. This can be challenging if you have a partner (or kids, or pets…). If necessary, try going to bed a bit earlier so you can listen to your recording while alone.
- Use a high quality recording – in order to be effective, you need a recording that incorporates the correct frequencies. This means it should not only include theta and delta level frequencies, but it should also start further up (in the beta or high alpha range, which is where your brain will most likely be when you begin), and then progress downwards, so your brain can follow along. The sound quality should be good too.
Bear these tips in mind, get a good binaural sleep recording (I like the theta meditation recordings from The Unexplainable Store), and you could be looking forward to a lifetime of restful, easy sleep very soon.
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