These beats were discovered by Heinrich Dove, a Prussian physicist and meteorologist, in 1839 and since then, they have been considered as one of the most popular form of brainwave entrainment along with other forms such as monaural beats and isochronic tones. This article explains one of the interesting phenomenon of science, known as binaural beats. This article also explains the working and effects of binaural beats and its relationship with lucid dreaming.
What are binaural beats?
Binaural beats can be described as the phenomenon of auditory illusion perceived by a listener when two different pure tone sine waves having frequencies lower than 1500 Hertz and with less than a 40 Hertz difference between these tones, are presented one through each ear. Consider that a 600 Hertz pure tone is presented to you in the right ear along with a 580 Hertz pure tone presented in the left ear. You will perceive it as the auditory illusion of a third tone which will be in addition to the two pure tones presented to each ear, separately.
Listening to binaural beats can rapidly generate states of quite meditation, which is excellent and among preferred practice for lucid dream induction. These beats have been widely regarded as a mere curiosity and yet the measurement of these are considered to explain the processes by which sounds are located which is a crucial aspect of perception. In some cases, there is a possibility that by physiological behavior changes, which may be hormonally induced, can be made apparent by measuring the binaural beat spectrum.
How do binaural beats work?
The human brain works in a specified way due to different frequencies every day and each of these frequencies depict your current level of consciousness. For example, the Theta Brainwave frequency which occurs during the states of still alertness, light sleep and dreaming, is marked by 3 to 6 Hertz. Thus, it is possible to entrain this frequency with the help of sound, but you can’t expect the brain to respond by simply playing a 6 Hertz frequency sound in the ear.
One of the possible reason for this is that, we can’t detect sounds as low as this. Therefore, the solution for these binaural beats, in which you can play two separate frequencies into each ear for example 154 Hz in the right ear and 160 Hz in the left ear. Then, the brain will compensate for the difference in frequencies heard in both the ears, creating an internal frequency of 6 Hz, and thus entrain a Theta operating state. Then, it will produce a frequency following response and it becomes important to wear headphones, since the effect is produced within the brain.
Effects of binaural beats
The following effects were observed based on the consensus which were noted while listening to binaural beats.
- Physical and mental relaxation with increased focus on the inner world
- Visual hypnagogia i.e., seeing colors, patterns, and shapes, and audial hypnagogia i.e., hearing voices and snippets of conversation which occurs during the transition from wakefulness to sleep
- Out of body phenomena such as floating limbs or bodily dissociation
- Having conscious awareness of emerging dream scenes
These effects are not only the result of listening to binaural beats but also due to conscious effort to meditate.
Link between binaural beats and lucid dreaming
While trying to perform Wake Initiated Lucid Dreams, many people struggle with mental focus and it can take many weeks or even months of meditation before you can effortlessly perform it. However, with binaural beats study it is easier to maintain the mental focus and conscious awareness while performing Wake Initiated Lucid Dreams. All you need to do in this is to lie down and relax. While referring to lucid dreaming and binaural beats sleep, the Theta waves are considered ideal to listen while you are in the state of falling asleep.
Theta waves are associated with lucid dreaming because these are associated with light sleep and help in improving focus and relaxing and induces mental clarity. Theta mix specifically helps you with lucid dreaming by permitting you to rapidly unwind while keeping up cognizant mindfulness and drifting into sleep. To use binaural beats, you need a pair of headphones either in stereo or in-ear mode.
An important point to note is that you cannot play binaural beats on a speaker, you must use headphones because these beats requires each ear to hear a different tone. The best way use binaural beats for lucid dreaming is to use them along with Wake Back To Bed Method, which involves waking up early and then letting yourself go back to sleep. Assuming that you sleep for 8 hours a day and with the Wake Back To Bed method, you essentially wake up after 4 to 5 hours, get out of your bed and then stay awake for 30 to 60 minutes before going back to sleep. The purpose of staying up in this method is to increase your mental clarity before you return to sleep.
While you are awake for 30 to 60 minutes, listen to binaural beats and while listening them, pay attention to your breathing and try to relax your body. Ensure that you don’t become so relaxed that you fall asleep or get so agitated that you are wide awake. The trick in this method is to find a balance where you are alert as well as relaxed enough to fall back to sleep. You can use this time to review your dream or think about what you want to achieve in your lucid dream. If you are very much excited to have your first lucid dream, then using binaural beats will make it happen much faster for you rather than using traditional methods only.
Hope that you are now familiar with the concept of binaural beats and its relation with lucid dreaming. Please feel free to leave your comment in the comment box below.