The backstory to binaural beatsThere is also a shortcut to getting the best from your brain. The science of binaural beats has been used by people all over the world for thousands of years. For example, through the use of repetitive drumming and chanting, Tibetan monks, Native American shamans, Hindu healers and master Yogis have been able to induce specific brainwave states for healing, concentration and spiritual growth. By definition, something which is binaural involves both ears. A binaural beat is the difference registered when two ears listen to two different frequencies. For example, if your right ear hears a frequency at 100 Hertz (Hz) and your left ear 110 Hz, your brain creates a third sound of 10 Hz. This difference becomes a throbbing or pulsing sound. There are five different types of brainwaves – delta, theta, alpha, beta and gamma – and each frequency has its own set of characteristics representing a specific level of brain activity. The state of frequencies in our brain always regulates our actions.
Delta (0.5-4 Hz) is the frequency which takes hold when we’re in deep sleep, transcendental meditation where awareness is fully detached.
Theta waves (4-7.5 Hz) are present during light sleep.
Alpha waves (7.5-14Hz) are superb for focusing on work, studying and being creative and artistic. It’s an optimal time to program the mind for success and it also heightens your imagination, visualization, memory, learning and concentration. Alpha states significantly increase beta-endorphin and dopamine which help with learning and feeling happier. The results last for a few hours or days.
Beta brain waves (14-40Hz) are associated with normal waking consciousness and alertness. While important for effective functioning throughout the day, beta waves can translate into stress and anxiety.
Gamma waves (over 40Hz) are associated with high-level information processing and problem-solving. Very little is known about this state of mind.Studies have shown that the calming effect binaural beats have on the brain boosts positivity in everyday life. Users consistently report feelings of increased optimism, contentment and happiness. Binaural beats are capable of eliminating stress and pressure from the mind, making us more focused and attentive. I usually listen to binaural tones on YouTube or mobile apps when I'm studying, writing, analysing business data or trying to solve problems at work. I've also had great results during meditation and before sleep. All stressful thoughts seem to disappear very quickly. It can sometimes take a few sessions for the brain to get used to following the specific frequencies, but usually you will be able to find yourself in a targeted brainwave state the very first time you listen.