I am a person who needs eight hours of sleep to function like a normal person – everything else, and I am destined to feel the following day, a) being exhausted, b) being confused, c ) unproductive and d somehow mean (sorry, all).
And because I'm a person who needs a lot of zzzs to do my best, I'm always looking for ways to improve my sleep game. One of the most interesting techniques I have encountered is binaural beats. These have become increasingly popular to improve concentration and concentration, increase memory and, better yet, improve sleep.
But what exactly are binaural beats? How do you work? And how can something that comes out of your headphones dramatically increase the quality of your eye?
What are even binaural beats?
"" Binaural beats are a technique in which two slightly different frequencies of sound are combined to create the perception of a single new frequency, "says The Sleep Doctor and founder of The Sleep Doctor, Dr. Michael Breus
a sound The left ear is heard as a single sound, and a sound played in the right ear is also heard as a single sound, and when the brain is played together it produces a perceived third sound, the so-called binaural beat Garrett Stevens, President of Hemi-Sync.
Binaural Beats: How Do They Work?
How Does It Help You Fall Asleep Faster? Basically, our brain produces its own frequencies – gamma (40 Hz +), beta (13 bis 40 Hz), alpha (7 to 13 Hz), theta (4 to 7 Hz) and delta (<4 Hz) – and each of these frequencies agrees with a certain emotional and physical state If your brain is brainwaves at a certain frequency when you are excited and full of energy, it will produce brain waves at a completely different frequency if you want to fall asleep.
The jury is not yet in discussion. However, there is evidence that binaural beats work by changing the frequency of your brain waves in a process called entrainment: when you create a binaural beat with the right frequency, you can make your brain produce the brainwaves you need to make a specific experience emotional or physical condition – including sleep.
If this sounds a bit out there, we really got it really … so is a headset all I need to change my brainwaves? ), but it is plausible that this will be effective can. A recent study found that participants who used binaural beatings (with frequencies between 2 and 8 Hz) for eight weeks reported both improved sleep quality and post-bedtime status, while participants who did not use binaural beatings reported no change reported.  To be clear, the value of binaural punches is still extremely speculative at this point. There is very little actual evidence published in respected magazines to suggest that binaural beats do anything at all. But it is possible, and more studies are being done on what they do each year. So, if you're ready to be your own little guinea pig and not worry about hard evidence, it might suit you.
Binaural Beats: How can you use them to improve your sleep quality?
OK, now that you know what binaural beats are and how they work, let's talk about how you can use them to improve the quality of your eyes Close your eyes and catch more (and better!) zzz's.
Your brainwave activity during sleep is very different from your brain activity when you are awake. (REM sleep is an exception: during REM, your brain is active in a way as if you were awake.) "Breus says." In non-REM sleep, slower theta and delta waves dominate at lower frequencies. compared to the alpha and beta waves, which stand out in alertness and activity. "
A therapy, such as binaural beats, that slows brainwave activity and helps produce low-frequency waves is likely to help relax in sleep, says Breus, who beats your brain over a 30-minute period one-hour session by being brought to theta and then deep delta brainwave frequencies from an unconscious state of high beta brainwave deep sleep, "says Niraj Naik, founder of Trypnaural.
Look for a track that produces the binaural beats required for sleep (ideal brainwaves are in the above delta range – about 0.5 to 4 cycles per second, says Stevens). Put on headphones and let the rest do the rest.  If you feel coiled up at bedtime (and those anxious feelings are what keeps you awake at night), you can also incorporate another binaural beats session into the day to potentially relax, which will come in handy if it is time to fall asleep.
Binaural Beats: How can you get the best results (and sleep better)?
Ok, so binaural beats are a must. But how can you get the most out of the experience (and get as much sleep as possible from the headphones)?
- Meditate . "A daily meditation practice, either at bedtime or at other times of the day, can help one to fall more easily into a relaxed state," says Stevens. This can promote relaxation alone and increase the potential effectiveness of binaural beats for faster results.
- Use headphones. To create binaural beats, you need to hear a different frequency in each ear. And while binaural beats are technically possible while listening to standard speakers, it's much easier to get the right notes in each ear using headphones.
- Take care of your overall health. "Maintaining a comprehensive wellness program that includes nutrition, exercise, and the avoidance of drugs or alcohol can play a role in increasing the effectiveness of binaural beat," says Stevens.
- Be patient. In most cases, sleep quality improvement should be fairly rapid, says Stevens – but that does not mean that binaural beats are an instant fix for sleep problems. It may take some time for your brain to adjust. So if you do not see results right away, be patient. Treat yourself regularly for at least a month before you judge the effectiveness of binaural beats for your sleep behavior.
There are many things I have turned to for better sleep, but my headphones were definitely never there. Now that I know about binaural beats – and how they can completely change your brainwaves to improve the quality of your eyes – I think it's time to swap the Zzzquil for Beats by Dre and see what happens.
Deanna deBara is a freelance writer and chance marathoner who lives in Portland, OR. Keep up to date with her running adventures on Instagram @deannadebara.