Lights out and it’s time for bed. I grab my Verima Lavender tincture, add a dropper full to my chamomile tea and soon I will be ready to close my eyes. One last thing, I grab my wireless Bang & Olufsen headset and tune into some binaural beats on youtube. Say what? Binaural beats are a technique of combining two slightly different sound frequencies to create the perception of a single new frequency tone and there are some really nice tracks you can download.
The theory is that when exposed to two different frequencies at the same time, one in the left ear, one in the right, the brain actually perceives a single tone that is the difference between the two separate frequencies. Your brain, combines it and then sort of “tunes” to this new frequency and it can help you relax. One again, you have to use headsets since its two different frequencies, and wireless helps of course at night.
Brainwaves are created from the pulses of electrical activity our neurons exhibit as they communicate with each other. Our thoughts, feelings, and actions are all expressed through this constant communications between neurons. Basically our brainwaves are associated with how we feel and what we can do at any given moment.
Science shows that exposure to binaural beats can create changes in the brain’s degree of arousal. Listening to these sounds that create a low-frequency tone, research indicates, triggers a slow-down to brainwave activity—and that may help you relax, lower your anxiety, and make it easier for you to fall asleep and more importantly stay asleep. Basically the way it works is that the slower and lower frequency brainwaves are, the deeper your state of relaxation—or sleep.
There are some studies which show that the sound waves can help reduce certain hormones such as increasing DHEA, decreasing cortisol (the stress hormone) and increasing melatonin.
There is some research that show binaural waves can also help with pain as well. I recently met Dr. Darnall at the pain management center at Stanford in Palo Alto who has performed a lot of studies on the benefits binaural sound therapy to reduce pain and stress. You can download the music file here for a small fee. https://bethdarnall.com/enhanced-pain-management-binaural-relaxation-cd/ . According to one popular study it was found that binaural beats led to reduced anxiety levels and lower blood pressure levels before patients who were getting ready for surgery.
My recommendation is to pick a track that’s over 8 hours long if you can (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDX8QrcDI_o) place the phone upside down so the screen wont light up your room, grab a little Verima and a little bit of binaural beats to help you get some restful deep sleep.
Beth Darnall, PhD
The relaxation response decreases heart rate, respiratory rate, muscular tension, emotional distress, and pain — all without pills.(9 kB)