Binaural Beats – How to find your Zen

In today’s crazy world, more people are looking for a way to quieten the mind. It has become the norm to always be attached to a phone or computer, which never gives the mind a chance to rest and reflect. Binaural Beats are a great answer to this difficult problem.

Meditation has always been a great way to relax and find your zen, but it can be difficult to train yourself to practice mindfulness, and really get the most out of it. Startups like Headspace are creating great products if you are interested in pursuing meditation. But if you want something easier that can have the same benefits, give this a go.

They have been proven to provide positive effects on the mind and body by many studies (including the Duke University Medical Center). My partner uses it frequently to relax after a stressful day, which helps her to get to sleep and also improves the quality of her sleep.

It is not actually the sound that is played that has an effect on the mind…The definition is when two tones are played (one to each ear) at a different frequency. The third tone is the difference between the frequencies. So if two tones are played, one at 1300Hz, and one at 1330Hz, what you hear is the 30Hz tone that is the difference between the 2 frequencies.

Illustration of waves going through brain

As such, the best way to listen is using stereo headphones so that the tones can be directed at each ear. Using speakers won’t have quite the same effect because the tones will be heard by both ears, and so the difference in frequency will not be as effective.


Binaural Beats Benefits

There are many benefits of listening regularly. What you get out of it depends on you. If you are trying to reduce anxiety, having that focus while listening to beats designed for that purpose can put you back in a normal state. Likewise, you can find tracks that will help you sleep (even cure insomnia), increase your focus, improve your mood, the list is huge!

  • Increased Learning ability

Through many people have found that using these before studying or going to class helps with focus and interpretation of new concepts. Through manipulating your brainwaves, you can put your mind in a state that is ready to learn.

  • Enhanced memory
  • Enhanced memory
  • Lower stress levels

Just like meditation, the using this practice can help reduce stress levels by changing your state from being stressed, worried or anxious, to feeling relaxed and mindful.

When you are motivated, your mind is running at a frequency which is conducive to getting things done. Also, when you are in a happier, relaxed mood, it is much easier to feel positive about life, which usually leads to great things happening.

  • Help with focus during study