What Are Binaural Beats?I don’t know about you, but I like to work with some background noise. It has to be quite specific: a hum of a coffee shop if I’m out, or an old TV show that I’ve watched hundreds of times if I’m at home - but I can’t concentrate with the radio on! Something familiar, calming. I know some people though, who need to work in complete silence, with noise-cancelling headphones to ensure the perfect environment. Others enjoy their favourite music blasting in their ears, drumming out a beat whilst they get their creative juices flowing. Some just don’t care one way or another. But what if there was a way you could train your brain into being super productive and give yourself the ability to concentrate - using sound? Binaural beat therapy is an emerging form of sound wave therapy. Essentially, you can listen to a series of ‘beats’ that can help your brain to focus and hone in on your task. Beats make use of the fact that our right and left ears each receive a slightly different frequency tone - but the brain perceives these as a single tone. A form of meditation, this practice gives your brain an ‘auditory illusion'. The alpha frequencies (8 to 13 Hz) used in some binaural beats are thought to encourage relaxation, promote positivity, and decrease anxiety. Other binaural beats in the lower beta frequencies (14 to 30 Hz) have been linked to increased concentration and alertness, problem solving, and improved memory. Research suggests that binaural beats can help working memory, long-term memory, and also strengthen connections among networks within the brain. Not only this, but attention span and ability to sleep may also be improved by using binaural beats. A quick caution before we go any further: binaural beats are safe for most individuals to enjoy. However, there are some people who really shouldn't listen to them, including people people who suffer from seizures, because due to the changes in brain waves, this can trigger a seizure.
How To Start With Binaural BeatsHere are some great examples of some binaural beats to practise with: