Can Binaural beats benefit your health?
Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, who was a physicist and meteorologist from Prussia, discovered what we know today as binaural beats. His discovery of the concept of high frequency sound localization led to the modern alternative treatments of healing, meditation and sleep induction through sound frequencies.
What are Binaural Beats?
Two sound tones played in each ear at slightly different frequencies, causes your brain to process a beat by differentiating the changes in the frequencies. These are referred to as binaural beats.
What are the health benefits?
Binaural beats are believed to help the brain enter a state much like it would during meditation. Alternative practitioners promote binaural beats to boost mental clarity, reduce anxiety and induce sleep and restfulness.
Binaural beats are categorized into different frequencies used to induce certain moods and brain patterns.
Delta (1 to 4 Hz) Used to induce deep sleep.
Theta (4 to 8 Hz) Used to reduce anxiety, promote meaningful meditation, and boost creativity.
Alpha (8 to 13 Hz) Used to induce relaxation and decrease depressive moods.
Beta (14 to 30 Hz) Used to improve mental alertness, critical thinking, and memory recall.
You should use caution when using binaural beats if you have a heart condition, epilepsy or any condition that impacts brain waves.
How to use Binaural Beats
- Find a safe, calming place free of interruptions.
- Get a pair of high-quality headphones.
- Close your eyes and enter a relaxed state of mind.
- Listen to the binaural beats for at least 30 minutes
- Do not listen to binaural beats while driving or operating machinery.
Different frequencies (as listed above) are associated with various effects on the brain, so you can experiment with different frequencies and waves of binaural beats to find out what works best for you. Binaural beats are considered an alternative therapy and should not be used to treat or cure any condition.