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Can’t sleep? Try binaural beats that can help you doze off without popping pills

Published on:29 November 2020, 16:00pm IST
Binaural beats may just be the tool you are in need of to get that much-needed sleep.
Grace Bains
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Learn how auditory beat stimulation through binaural beats can help you fall asleep.
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So many of us are finding it increasingly hard to fall asleep due to factors ranging from stress to excessive caffeine intake. Our fast-paced urban environments are also culpable in distorting the sleeping cycle, which has adverse impacts on our health, ranging from poor focus and irritability to an increased risk of heart diseases. A disturbed sleep cycle can be a cause of irritability and frustration.

No wonder then that we must try to fix our sleeping cycle as soon as we can to ensure we stay healthy, mentally and physically. Hence, we would like to bring forth the usage of binaural beats, which may aid is getting that much-needed shut-eye. 

What are binaural beats? 

Binaural beats are an auditory illusion created by listening to two tones of music with slightly different frequency, one in each ear. This difference in frequencies creates an illusion of a third sound, which is essentially a rhythmic beat.

This third sound, instructs neurons across the brain begins to transmit electrical messages at the frequency as the imaginary beat and this rhythmic beat is known to help with managing stress and anxiety. As per a research published by Frontiers in Psychiatry, use of binaural beats is part of the overarching branch of the research in auditory beat stimulation, which is termed as a promising new tool for the manipulation of cognitive processes and the modulation of mood states.

How can binaural beats help you sleep?

Binaural beats harness the brain’s responsiveness to sound to move you into a state of deep relaxation, relieve anxiety, and help you sleep better. Listening to these sounds that create a low-frequency tone, that triggers a slow-down to brainwave activity, thereby helping you relax, lower your anxiety, and make it easier for you to fall asleep and sleep more soundly.

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With binaural beats, you can sleep better. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

This therapeutic tool affects the brainwaves, such as the theta brainwave, associated with deep relaxation, including the lighter stages of non-REM (NREM) sleep. Deep meditation produces theta waves, which are slower and of lower frequency, as well as delta brainwave pattern, which is slow, low-frequency brainwaves (between 1.5-4 hertz), critical for NREM sleep.

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Music, generally speaking, has a positive effect on one’s stress levels. A study published on Science Direct, observed that music has the ability to lower cortisol level and hence, lowers the stress levels. Rhythmic beats such as binaural beats can hence induce a relaxing effect on the mind, as it can aid in slowing the pulse and heart rate, lower blood pressure, and decrease the levels of stress hormones.

Therefore, binaural beats, as per various studies have shown to improve the quality of sleep as they can help lower anxiety in its adopters and perhaps, you can find it out for yourselves tonight, if these beats help you with getting the sleep that you absolutely deserve.

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