What are binaural beats?

 
 

History

Throughout history, people have used aural beats. They use them for healing or in spiritual practice. For example, Tibetan monks chanted, Native Americans used drums to create rhythmic beats, Hindu healers created songs and mantras specifically to heal illness and disease, even arthritis and smallpox. Others also include Sufi dervishes and Yogis. 

 

Brainwave Entrainment

Brains can reproduce rhythmic stimulus to electrical impulses. If the rhythm becomes fast and consistent enough, it can start to influence the predominant brain wave frequency. In other words, it becomes possible to entrain the brain frequency from one stage to another because the brain responds by synchronizing its own electric cycles to the same rhythm. This is commonly called the Frequency Following Response. For example, if a person is in beta state and a binaural frequency of 12Hz is applied to their brain for some time, the brain frequency is likely to change towards the applied frequency. The effect will be relaxing to the person. In addition, the entrainment will work more efficiently if the brain's dominant frequency is close to the applied frequency.

 

Brain Waves

Gamma:
Gamma brainwave states are the most rapid in frequency, they are above 40Hz. They are associated with problem solving and mental activity.


Beta:
The Beta brainwaves state in associated with a heightened state of alertness and focused concentration. For example, when a person is playing basketball or making a persuasive argument. The frequencies of Beta brainwave range from 13 Hz to 40 Hz.


Alpha:
Alpha brainwaves are slower in frequency than Beta brainwaves and represent a state of relaxed mental awareness or reflection. The frequencies of alpha brainwave range from 7 Hz to 13 Hz.


Theta:
Theta brainwaves are even slower in frequency and represent a state of deeper relaxation and meditation, enhanced stress relief, light sleep and dreaming. Research has proven 30 minutes per day of Theta meditation can improve a person’s overall health. The frequencies of Theta brainwaves range from 4 Hz to 7 Hz.


Delta:
Delta brainwaves are the slowest in frequency and represent a state of deep dreamless sleep. They only occur naturally in deep sleep. The frequencies of Delta brainwaves are range from 0 Hz to 4 Hz

 

Application

Binaural Beats are rhythms that can be used to change the predominant brain wave frequency based in brain wave entrainment. In addition, they can change a person’s mental states through altering their predominant brain wave frequencies to certain frequency range. Specifically speaking, it has already been applied in the following areas:

  • Lucid Dreaming
  • Meditation
  • Restorative Sleep
  • Remote Viewing
  • Self-Confidence
  • Stress Relief  
  • Pain Management
  • Relaxation
  • Memory
  • Concentration
  • Energy
  • Smoking Cessation