Stress is a natural occurrence, but it can also become a serious health problem if it persists. Prolonged stress can lead to a wide variety of health problems including depression, sleep issues, stomach issues, dental problems, a weakened immune system, anger issues, and more.1 Stress is a killer that takes over 110 million lives every year due to stress-related illnesses such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.2 Therefore, controlling stress is an essential thing for a human to do. There are traditional ways to prevent the debilitating effects of prolonged stress such as prescription medications. However, there are natural ways to calm down as well. One of them is through the use of binaural beats.
What are binaural beats?
Binaural beats fall under the category of sound wave therapy. Soundwave therapy is a technique that uses vibrations to treat certain physical and psychological conditions, and it has been shown to help relieve anxiety and stress.3
With binaural beats, the concept is that your ears, right and left, listen to two different frequency tones that are slightly different but perceive the sound like one. An example explained by UF Health is that if one ear hears 400 hertz and another ear hears 390 hertz, a beat with 10 hertz will be the experience of the listener, and that will have an effect on what the listener manifests. Furthermore, the concept has been studied. For example, patients were measured before surgery for reducing anxiety levels. One group had no intervention, another group listened to music with no binaural beats, and the third group listened to music with binaural beats. Those with the beats experienced the least amount of anxiety.4
The beats activate specific systems in the brain. It is similar to meditation, and therefore should be done when there are no distractions. The beats also fall under specific patterns: Gamma, Delta, Theta, Alpha, and Beta. For example, Alpha pattern, set at a frequency between eight and 12 hertz, helps to encourage relaxation.
An example of putting the therapy to use would be sitting or lying flat in a meditative state while listening to binaural beats through headphones. Listening to the beats would be done for a set period of time, such as 15 to 30 minutes. Stereo headphones should be used so that you are blocking out any outside noise interference. In addition, experts recommend that the therapy is done every day for at least 30 to 45 days.5
Using binaural beats therapy not only has been shown to help with stress and anxiety, but it has also been shown to improve other areas.
1. The research was done, showing that the therapy helps with the stimulation of glands that help to produce certain hormones that reduce learning time and the hours of sleep required.
2. They have been shown to contribute to lucid dreams and contribute to the phenomenon of out-of-body experiences, telepathy, etc.
3. People dealing with addictions have been helped through the use of binaural beats therapy.6
When you listen to this kind of sound wave therapy, it needs to be done consciously and with a purpose. With that said, there are certain precautions you should take before you enter into this kind of therapy.
If you are a person who suffers from seizures, participating in this kind of therapy may increase the possibility of having a seizure. This is because the therapy contributes to brainwave changes.
Those who have a heart condition or who wear a pacemaker should avoid this kind of therapy. Your brain waves produce your heart rhythms, and when those heart rhythms change, it can present a threat to the heart for those who have heart conditions.
If you are a person with a mental or psychological disorder or if you are a person taking tranquilizers, because binaural beats change the brain waves, it can exacerbate such conditions. For example, if you are a person who suffers from schizophrenia, this kind of therapy should never be used unless it is approved by a medical professional.
This is a kind of therapy that is best practiced by adults. Children’s brains are immature, and therefore, when listening to binaural beats, they have a higher risk of developing various mood/brain disorders.
Participating in this kind of sound wave therapy can stimulate labor. Therefore pregnant women are cautioned against practicing it.
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This is a kind of therapy that can put a person in a trance-like state. Therefore, a person who is operating dangerous machinery should never listen to binaural beat therapy.7
This kind of sound wave therapy is often done under the guidance of a medical professional, and it never hurts to check with your doctor if you were to take it on yourself. If you choose this natural form of stress and anxiety reliever, one of the easiest ways to do it is with an app. There are many examples of binaural beats apps that you can use for this natural form of therapy.
Here are four examples of apps that are good to use for this form of therapy.
The tracks are included in 30 or 60-minute versions, and you can experience Ohm voices, spiritual pads and gentle bells. The sound waves included are Theta-based. Deep Meditation focuses on the sound of the Himalayas to put you in a meditative state. 8
Stress and anxiety are two of the primary culprits for contributing to the inability to fall asleep at night and to stay asleep. Perfect Sleep can help with that as a natural cure for insomnia. Its meditative focus prepares the body for sleep through the use of a combination of Theta and Delta sound waves. It is recommended to listen to Perfect Sleep one to two hours before you go to sleep through the use of noise-canceling headphones.9
This is a track that can be used in either 30 to 60-minute versions using Alpha sound waves. Users can listen to the sounds of water streams, gentle piano, and a natural ambiance. Zen Focus is designed to help you with your productivity and to help you stay focused during challenging tasks by riding your mind of things that can distract you and cause you to stress.10
There are two different versions available with Abundance, either 30 minutes or one hour and it is done with Theta soundwaves. When you are stressed and filled with anxiety, you are blocked. Abundance helps to clear mental blockages and bring a positive aspect to your life. The music has an Eastern influence that is designed to create a positive feeling. 11
As with all natural therapies that have been proven to work for some people but not for other people, choosing to try binaural beats therapy as a natural way to deal with stress could prove to be a good thing for your life. Be sure to pay attention to the warnings mentioned in this article, and as also mentioned, it’s always a good thing to check with your doctor before you try the therapy. A wide variety of apps are available that are easy to use and that include instructions on how to get started.
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