What Are Binaural Beats and
How Do They Work?
Binaural beats were discovered in 1839 by German Scientist Heinrich Dove, but it wasn't until 1973 when Gerald Oster wrote “Auditory Beats in the Brain” that scientific research on binaural beats erupted. Today binaural beats are commonly regarded as Brainwave entertainment technology designed to “unlock your brain’s hidden potentials”, one of them of course, being the ability to have a lucid dream.
Your brain produces different types of brainwaves. The frequencies of these waves range from delta waves (0.5-4 Hz) all the way to gamma waves (40 Hz+).
However, human ears are only able to pick up frequencies between 20 Hz-20,000 Hz. Since our ears can't grasp frequencies below 20 Hz, binaural beats work by fooling your brain. How? When you listen to binaural beats with headphones, each ear is introduced to a different frequency.
When you hear these 2 different frequencies your brain reacts by perceiving a third auditory beat (called a binaural beat) which can then be used to change your neural rhythm. For example, if you play 420 Hz in one ear and 410 Hz in another ear, your brain will perceive another auditory beat of 10 Hz.
But here's when it gets interesting...
Brainwaves Produced By The Brain and
Their Associated Mental States
Brainwaves and brain states impact each other in a type of “feedback loop”. That means, when you introduce a sound which your brain picks up as 10Hz (as in the example above) for a certain period of time, you trigger your brain to create that frequency (in this case an alpha wave).
Alpha waves are usually created when we’re relaxed but alert at the same time, making them great studying and problem solving.
This same technique is leveraged to trigger various other frequencies which have different effects on the brain.
Here are the different types of brainwaves...
Listen to this gamma wave 40 Hz 30-sec sample:
- Range from 13 to 40 Hz
- Associated with waking awareness and being alert
- Vital for effective functioning and using logic/reasoning
- High beta ranges are linked to stress and anxiety
Listen to this beta wave 20 Hz 30-sec sample:
- Between 7 and 13 Hz
- Dominant in a state of relaxed awareness and reflection
- Useful for contemplation, problem-solving, high creativity, and visualization
Listen to this alpha wave 10 Hz 30-sec sample:
- Between 4 and 7 Hz
- State of the brain during meditation and heavy relaxation
- Linked to increased creativity, light sleep, and dreaming
Listen to this theta wave 5 Hz 30-sec sample:
- 0.5 to 4 Hz
- Deep sleep mode
- Linked to increased growth hormone release
Listen to this delta wave 2.5 Hz 30-sec sample:
Note: You may see slightly different frequency ranges for these brainwaves on other professional websites. That's because there is still some disagreement among scientists on how to classify each type of brainwave.
The Science and Research Behind Binaural Beats
If you want more information on the scientific research behind binaural beats check out the following three research papers:
- Electrophysiological Measurements of Binaural Beats
- Brainwave Entertainment for Better Sleep...
- Binaural Auditory Beats Affect Vigilance Performance and Mood
Here’s a short point-form summary of the third paper; Binaural Auditory Beats Affect Vigilance Performance and Mood – an interesting study:
- Subjects performed a boring cognitive task on the computer while listening to various audio tracks
- After they were done, they recorded their own moods and although that is subjective, those subjective reports were added to the scores of their task performance (an objective report)
- Result: they discovered that the audio recordings with sounds that included delta and theta binaural beats in the brain were linked to much better scores on the cognitive tasks
- They also reported a better overall mood, less task fatigues, and less confusion
- This study clearly supports that brainwave entertainment can improve mood and cognitive ability
- The same delta-theta binaural beats that were used in this study, have also been shown to improve arousal, attention, and cognitive performance
What Are The Benefits and
Effects Of Binaural Beats?
There is a lot of research demonstrating and supporting the positive impact binaural beats can have on an individual’s life. In fact, research shows that the more often you entrain your brain by leveraging binaural beats, the more powerful they become and the longer the benefits remain after you stop listening.
When you listen to binaural beats, your brain experiences a focused, “complete-brain” state that is referred to as hemispheric synchronization. This is where the right and left hemispheres of the brain are working together in a state of unity.
When we are in this “synchronized” state, we’re often in touch with our higher mental abilities; our self-awareness is increased and we are able to think more clearly. Generally, as you get lower on the frequency range scale, you will experience more relaxed and meditative states.
Here are some benefits that binaural beats are known for:
- Increased quality of sleep
- Increasing the frequency of lucid dreams
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Greater inner peace and serenity
- Improved cognitive abilities and academic performance
- Increase endorphin levels (endorphins are hormones linked to happiness)
- Enhancing your mediation process to deeper levels
When listening to binaural beats while making a conscious effort to mediate, you can experience:
- Greater mental and physical relaxation
- Increased focus within
- Visual and auditory hypnagogia (which are known to lead into instant lucid dreams)
- Maintaining conscious awareness when entering a dream (WILD Technique)
Binaural Beats and Lucid Dreaming
Dream hackers have been using binaural beats for years to induce lucid dreams. For example, many people struggle with mental focus while trying to perform Wake Initiated Lucid Dreams (WILDs). It can take many weeks (or months) of meditation before you can effortlessly perform them. However, binaural beats make it easier to maintain the mental focus and conscious awareness when performing WILDs. All you have to do is lie down and be willing to relax.
When it comes to lucid dreaming and binaural beats, theta waves (4-7 Hz) are ideal to listen to while falling asleep. Theta waves are associated with light sleep, and help improve focus, relaxation, and mental clarity.
Listening to a theta mix can indirectly assist you with lucid dreaming by allowing you to quickly relax while you maintain conscious awareness and drift into sleep.
Check out our 60 minute binaural beats for lucid dreaming session on YouTube!
You can download this entire session with the link provided at the end of this article.
How to Use Binaural Beats
For Lucid Dreaming
In order to use binaural beats you will need a pair of headphones, either stereo or in-ear. Some people ask if it’s okay to just play them on a speaker. Unfortunately no, you have to use headphones because binaural beats require that each ear hears a different tone.
The best way to use binaural beats for lucid dreaming is to use it in conjecture with the Wake Back To Bed Method (WBTB). With the WBTB method you essentially wake up after 4-5 hours (assuming you sleep 8 hours a day), get out of your bed, and stay up for 30-60 minutes before going back to sleep. The purpose of staying up is to increase your mental clarity before returning to sleep.
Keep in mind: Don't do this at the beginning of the night. Do it after 4-5 hours of sleep. The majority of our dreaming occurs in the latter half of sleep where REM is more prevalent. If you try to have a lucid dream with binaural beats at the beginning of the night it probably won't work. That's because at the beginning of the night our body wants to go into deep sleep. Check out this article for more information on the sleep cycle and how it relates to lucid dreaming.
While you are up for those 30-60 minutes listen to binaural beats (you can download free binaural beats at the end of the article). While listening to the binaural beats pay attention to your breathing and try to relax your body. Don't become so relaxed that you fall asleep, or so agitated that you're wide awake. The trick is to find a balance where you are alert but relaxed enough to fall back to sleep.
Use this time to review your dream goal. What do you want to achieve in your lucid dream? Visualize yourself flying across the sky or exploring alien worlds. While doing your visualization also add a lucid dreaming affirmation (e.g. "I will be lucid in my dreams"). We have listed a bunch of affirmations you can use in the next section.
When you are in this relaxed state of mind, and have a clear goal of what you want to achieve in your dreams, turn the binaural beats off and return back to sleep. You will have a much higher chance of having a lucid dream that night! If you think you are in a dream make sure to do a reality check to confirm that you are dreaming. Also, make sure you perform a dream stabilization technique to calm yourself so you can have greater dream control.
You may not achieve success the first night, be dedicated and try again next time. Also, if you have trouble falling asleep (too many thoughts and stresses) binaural beats can also be helpful to calm your restless mind and help you fall asleep.
If you’re itching to have your first lucid dream, using binaural beats will make it happen much faster than using only traditional methods. However, keep in mind binaural beats are not a magic pill to give you instant lucid dreams. They are part of a much bigger plan for having lucid dreams. Binaural beats can help increase the chances of having lucid dreams, but they will not give you lucid dreams on their own. You still need to remember to keep a dream journal, perform reality checks, and plan your dream goals ahead of time.
Lucid Dreaming Affirmations
To Use With Binaural Beats
A lot of people find it valuable to focus their intent before lucid dreaming. The hard part is holding on to that intent while drifting into sleep. With binaural beats, focus and relaxation is easier, thus adding an affirmation can be extremely effective for improving the chances of having a lucid dream. Ideally, you would use these affirmations before sleeping as you're listening to the binaural beats.
Here are some affirmations you can use - see if any of them resonate with you…
- I will have a lucid dream tonight
- I will be lucid in my dreams
- Every night, I become more conscious of my dreams
- My dreams will provide me dreamsigns to help me know I’m dreaming
- I can take control of my dreams
- When dreaming, I can remember I’m dreaming
- I am a lucid dreamer
- I intend to lucid dream tonight
- I’m good at remembering my dreams
- Taking control of my dreams is easy
- Lucid dreaming is easy for me
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