The idea that listening to certain tones of music that could in fact boost your immune system might sound a little crazy to you, but the science in fact backs it up. Soothing music is known to decrease the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. The state that people find themselves in while listening to soothing music leads to psychological changes, which eventually lead to stress and anxiety reduction and direct immune enhancement. Now what if we combined that soothing sound with what is now known as binaural beats, first of all:
What is binaural beats?
Binaural beats have been researched for almost 170 years, as we know the human brain goes through many frequency cycles everyday. The different frequencies produce different effects to the human consciousness, using this information it’s been discovered that the brains receiving and operating frequency can in fact be altered by sound waves.
Binaural beats are what you hear when two separate tones are heard in each ear, when you have headphones on for example and in the left ear you hear a nice steady tone playing, and in the right ear another tone starts playing that is slightly higher in pitch then the first tone, your brain then perceives a rhythmic beat which may sound like quick waves as it mixes the two sounds together.
Binaural beats have been shown to entrain the brain into many different states depending on the “frequency” of the binaural beats.
The frequency is measured in hertz or Hz, let’s see what some of the states that binaural beats can cause with different frequencies:
◉ Binaural beats with frequencies above 40 Hz produce Gamma waves in the brain, which are associated with higher perception, problem solving, fear and consciousness.
◉ Binaural beats between 13-39 Hz produce Beta waves in the brain, which effect arousal, anxiousness, active thinking and concentration.
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◉ Binaural beats between 7-13 Hz produce Alpha waves in the brain, which are associated with awakened relaxation, meditation, drowsiness or “pre-sleep”, or that “twilight” feeling you have right before falling asleep.
◉ Binaural beats with frequencies between 4-7 Hz produce are Theta waves in the brain, which are associated with deep meditation, dreams, and deep sleep (REM).
◉ Binaural beats with frequencies under 4 Hz produce Delta waves in the brain, which are associated with the deepest levels of the subconscious, deep dreamless sleep and loss of awareness of your body.
I was extremely skeptical about Binaural Beats too, until they started to work!
I was a big skeptic when I was first introduced to binaural beats. But as I was shown the different studies, and as I started to feel the benefits of using them daily in time it made a big difference in my stress and anxiety levels not only during the listening period but throughout the whole day.
Binaural beats go hand in hand with meditation, and is known as one of the best ways to overcome your moderate stress and anxiety. It’s best to be lying down somewhere where you won’t get disturbed as you listen in to your binaural beats, and always with your headphones on.
During the Delta state my nights of not being able to get a good nights sleep disappeared literally after 1 week of listening to the audios, and the theta waves helped me start my day off calmly and set the tone for the day ahead.
If anxiety is causing you to lose sleep, and if you just can’t seem to get your mind to shut off then begin using binaural beats throughout your day and expecially at night. It’s truly a great tool to have. One piece of warning though, the sound might be a little foreign to you at first, but in time you’ll get used to it. It’s a very trance like sound that will put you in the desired state you want temporarily, and my suggestion is to use it in combination with a guided meditation such as Marie Gardiner’s relaxation audio sessions.
If You’ve Tried Binaural Beats With Your Guided Meditation Sessions Comment Below And Share Your Experiences.