Understanding Binaural Beats and Their Benefits
If you're thinking I don't even know what binaural beats are, let alone what their benefits are, then keep on reading. You're going to love what you learn!
The term binaural means "used by both ears," so the only way you can hear binaural beats is by using headphones. Our ears hear frequencies, which are measured in hertz (Hz). In order to hear a binaural beat, you need to hear a different level frequency in each ear. As an example, you may hear a tone of 200 Hz in your left ear and 210 Hz in your right ear. According to the Monroe Institute, "The brain integrates the two signals; producing a sensation of a third sound called the binaural beat."
Now we know what binaural beats are, but how do they work? They work by changing your brainwaves. The four main brainwaves are beta (alertness; 16-24 Hz), alpha (meditation; 8-12 Hz), theta (deep meditation/sleep; 4-8 Hz), delta (deep sleep; 1-4 Hz). In the example above, if you hear a tone of 200 Hz in one ear and 210 Hz in the other ear, there is a difference of 10 Hz. That number falls in the alpha brainwave frequency of 8-12 Hz. When you hear these 10 Hz of brainwaves, your brain works "to match the stimulus". According to www.omharmonics.com, "Binaural beats are a brainwave entrainment technology designed to put your brain into the same activity state as when you are meditating using traditional methods."
The benefits of binaural beats and brain entrainment technology are far reaching. They include stress relief, a feeling of calmness, and even optimism. "Over time, due to a change in hormone levels in your body," according to www.zenlama.com, "you will: Experience greater vitality and look younger than your age. Think more effectively. Be more creative. Possess deeper insights. Be more emotionally balanced and expressive. Be more congruent in your actions and productivity."
Binaural beats are a fascinating subject and using them is a scientifically proven way to produce positive results. So the next time you are having trouble meditating, sleeping, or just feeling stressed out, grab your headphones and put those binaural beats to work for you!
This type of brainwave technology can be found on various Kelly Howell CDs, available at www.SleepPhones.com.