I recently started using binaural frequencies while I sleep to gain certain benefits in my brain. Like most of my ideas, it became action before the slightest bit of research. Atmosphere is a sound effects app from the Google Play Store. The plan was something simple and free. Just soothing noises to achieve a deeper realm of sleep without waking up often. An issue that has plagued me for some time now. Many sound of birds chirping and waves crashing were options so it seemed sufficient. I didn’t realize there was an entire selection of binaural frequency effects that could be played, or layered, behind the other sounds. This is the first I had heard of binaural music, binaural beats, and/or binaural therapy.
Binaural music, or tones, are low frequency vibrations requiring stereo ability. Two different fequencies are played. One for each ear. The effect of binaural frequencies is considered a phenomina and escacerbates a person’s mood. Thus, the benefits can be supplemental to certain activities. Or in my case, lack of activity while I sleep. A key not is the requirement of stereo headphones for the phenomina to work. At first I was simply listening to my phone speaker reaping absolutely no benefits. I suppose it would be good advise if you are going to become serious about participating, get a decent pair of headphones.
The following article gave some basic insight to the binaural process and good jumping off point. https://www.dangerandplay.com/2015/05/28/binaural-beats-what-do-they-do-and-why/ The author seems to have been enjoying binaural methods for some time and willing to share. YouTube has resources for binaural music. The following is for sleep meditation and not quite as weird as some binaural expressions can get.
Given further research, I have found many advocates for binaural therapy. Brain Wave Power Music is the most progressive site out there for products and thorough description of the process. Here, we find the frequencies broken down into two distinctions. Alpha waves and delta waves. Alpha consists of frequencies ranging from 8-13hz. Delta waves encompass the range of 0-4hz. For my personal goals of reducing stress and anxiety, the Alpha frequencies are used according to Brain Wave Power Music. Compared relapse rates of alcoholics with anxiety were significantly lower when binaural therapy was used in comparison to the traditional 12 step method. The claim is binaural relapse rate was on 20%, while the 12 step program carried a 80% relapse rate.
I will continue on this binaural journey and revisit the subject. Hopefully, with positive results.