Using Brainwave Entrainment and Binaural Beats
In our time now, we live in a globalized world, where not only is information globalized but also the workforce too.
Therefore, we face competition not only from local workers but also our foreign workers.
They do not need to be locally present because of being able to remote work.
In that sense, we need to differentiate ourselves from the competition in any way possible.
One way is to improve our concentration at high levels to laser focus our attention, so we can learn quicker and remember easier what we learn.
Just imagine the things that you can achieve with a superior concentration: Get better grades, universities, jobs, and job promotions etc.
In the present article, you will learn an easy way to improve concentration equal to Tibetan monk levels, just by listening to special sounds and music sessions based on brainwave entrainment and binaural beats.
Inevitably, you will be able to answer the questions; How do I concentrate on studies, learning and have a better memory, and how can I concentrate on my work better?
First, let’s look at “The Secret” to maintaining your brain at a high concentration level.
“The Secret” is to keep the right brain wave frequency range: not too high, you’ll tire too fast; not too low you’ll feel sleepy too quickly.
The right frequency ranges are from 13 Hz to 18 Hz.
Scientists call these frequencies beta waves.
You can easily achieve that range of frequencies just by listening to sounds.
You should know that brainwave entrainment is a technology that guides your brain to a desired frequency.
How Brainwave Entrainment Works..
You have probably heard that listening to Mozart or Bach makes you intelligent, it’s actually true, but they didn’t have the knowledge we have today to know they were right.
To better understand how brainwave entrainment works, we need to look at how the brain functions.
Inside the brain, brain cells are continually communicating to each other and this brings about electrical activity.
These activities can be seen under an EEG (electroencephalography) machine in the form of brainwave patterns.
EEG (electroencephalography) machine
14 Hz – Awareness, alert. Concentration on tasks, Focusing, vitality.
16 Hz – Bottom of hearing range. Releases oxygen/calcium into cells.
12 – 15 Hz – Relaxed focus, improved attentive abilities.
13 – 27 Hz – Promotes focused attention toward external stimuli.
13 – 30 Hz – Problem solving, conscious thinking.
18 – 24 Hz – Euphoria, can result in headaches, anxiety.
Brain studies reveal that there are 5 different brain wave patterns seen with the help of these machines and the science behind them.
And these patterns are associated with different states of consciousness.
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1. GAMMA brain wave pattern – The frequency for this pattern is from 30Hz (Hertz) to 50Hz.
Although not much is known about it, experts believe it is associated with concentration, sharp focus and productivity.
Gamma is measured between 30 and 44 (Hz) and is the only frequency group found in every part of the brain.
When the brain needs to simultaneously process information from different areas, its hypothesized that the 40Hz activity consolidates the required areas for simultaneous processing.
A good memory is associated with well-regulated and efficient 40Hz activity, whereas a 40Hz deficiency creates learning disabilities.
2. BETA brain wave pattern – The frequency for this pattern is from 14Hz to 30Hz.
It is associated with alertness, focus and concentration.
This pattern is usually very common during the day, although, you shouldn’t persist with this frequency, as that leads to anxiety and stress.
Beta activity is ‘fast’ activity.
It has a frequency of 14 and greater Hz.
It reflects desynchronized active brain tissue.
It is usually seen on both sides in symmetrical distribution and is most evident frontally.
It may be absent or reduced in areas of cortical damage.
It is generally regarded as a normal rhythm and is the dominant rhythm in those who are alert or anxious or who have their eyes open.
It is the state that most of brain is in when we have our eyes open and are listening and thinking during analytical problem solving, judgment, decision making, processing information about the world around us.
Beta would represent overdrive or hyperdrive in our car scenario.
The beta band has a relatively large range, and has been divided into low, midrange and high.
LOW BETA (12-15HZ): Distribution: localized by side and by lobe (frontal, occipital, etc)
Subjective feeling states: relaxed yet focused, integrated.
Associated tasks & behaviors: low SMR can reflect “ADD”, lack of focused attention.
Physiological correlates: is inhibited by motion; restraining body may increase SMR.
Effects of Training: increasing SMR can produce relaxed focus, improved attentive abilities.
MID BETA (15-18hz): Distribution: localized, over various areas. May be focused on one electrode.
Subjective feeling states: thinking, aware of self & surroundings.
Associated tasks & behaviors: mental activity.
Physiological correlates: alert, active, but not agitated.
Effects of Training: can increase mental ability, focus, alertness.
HIGH BETA (above 18hz): Distribution: localized, may be very focused.
Subjective feeling states: alertness, agitation
Associated tasks & behaviors: mental activity, e.g. math, planning
Physiological correlates: general activation of mind & body functions.
Effects of Training: can induce alertness, but may also produce agitation
3. ALPHA brain wave pattern – The frequency for this pattern is from 8Hz to 13Hz.
It is linked to light meditation and it induces a state of calmness and alertness, you get into the meditative state where you are relaxed but still alert.
Alpha is a common state for the brain and occurs whenever a person is alert (it is a marker for alertness and sleep), but not actively processing information.
They are strongest over the occipital (back of the head) cortex and also over frontal cortex.
Alpha has been linked to extroversion (introverts show less), creativity (creative subjects show alpha when listening and coming to a solution for creative problems), and mental work.
When your alpha is within normal ranges we tend to also experience good moods, see the world truthfully, and have a sense of calmness.
Alpha is one of the brain’s most important frequency to learn and use information taught in the classroom and on the job.
You can increase alpha by closing your eyes or deep breathing or decrease alpha by thinking or calculating. Alpha-Theta training can create an increase in sensation, abstract thinking and self-control.
In our car scenario, Alpha would represent neutral or idle.
Alpha allows us to shift easily from one task to another.
Subjective feeling states: relaxed, not agitated, but not drowsy; tranquil, conscious.
Associated tasks & behaviors: meditation, no action.
Physiological correlates: relaxed, healing.
Effects of Training: can produce relaxation.
Sub band low alpha: 8-10: inner-awareness of self, mind/body integration, balance.
Sub band high alpha: 10-12: centering, healing, mind/body connection.
4. THETA brain wave pattern – The frequency for this pattern is from 4Hz to 7Hz
It is linked to creativity, relaxation, meditation and light sleep with REM (Rapid Eye Movement).
Theta is believed to reflect activity from the limbic system and hippocampal regions.
Theta is observed in anxiety, behavioral activation and behavioral inhibition.
When the theta rhythm appears to function normally it mediates and/or promotes adaptive, complex behaviors such as learning and memory.
Under unusual emotional circumstances, such as stress or disease states, there may be an imbalance of three major transmitter systems, which results in aberrant behavior.
Back to our car example, Theta would be considered 2nd gear.
Not as slow as 1st gear (Delta) but still not very fast.
Subjective feeling states: intuitive, creative, recall, fantasy, imagery, creative, dreamlike, switching thoughts, drowsy; “oneness”, “knowing”.
Associated tasks & behaviors: creative, intuitive; but may also be distracted, unfocused.
Physiological correlates: healing, integration of mind/body.
Effects of Training: if enhanced, can induce drifting, trance-like state. If suppressed, can improve concentration, ability to focus attention.
5. DELTA brain wave pattern – The frequency for this pattern is less than 4Hz.
It is linked to relaxation as well as deep sleep without dreams.
The lowest frequencies are delta.
These are less than 4 Hz and occur in deep sleep and in some abnormal processes.
It is the dominant rhythm in infants up to one year of age and it is present in stages 3 and 4 of sleep.
It tends to be the highest in amplitude and the slowest waves.
We increase Delta waves in order to decrease our awareness of the physical world.
We also access information in our unconscious mind through Delta.
Peak performers decrease Delta waves when high focus and peak performance are required.
However, most individuals diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, naturally increase rather than decrease Delta activity when trying to focus.
The inappropriate Delta response often severely restricts the ability to focus and maintain attention.
It is as if the brain is locked into a perpetual drowsy state.
Another way to look at Delta is to imagine you are driving in a car and you shift into 1st gear….you’re not going to get anywhere very fast. So
Delta would represent 1st gear.
Subjective feeling states: deep, dreamless sleep, non-REM sleep, trance, unconscious.
Associated tasks & behaviors: lethargic, not moving, not attentive.
Physiological correlates: not moving, low-level of arousal.
Effects of training: can induce drowsiness, trance, deeply relaxed states.
MOST PEOPLE ARE IN AGREEMENT THAT ALPHA WAVES ARE THE MOST CONDUCIVE TO LEARNING.
The Alpha state (about 8-13Hz) occurs when brain activity slows just below the normal waking state of Beta (14-30hz).
In Alpha, the mind and body are relaxed but a level of focus is easily maintained.
When using the aural method of entrainment, you listen to sound frequencies that are known to induce the kind of mental states you desire to get into.
If you would like to become relaxed and creative, you would have to listen to sound frequencies which bring the theta brain wave pattern that plays from 4Hz to 7Hz.
The same case goes for the other states of mind listed above.
It’s also important to note that there are different methods of brainwave entrainment.
Here’s a couple of them:
1. Audio Entrainment.
This is a type of brainwave entrainment that embeds the brainwave frequencies for various brain states to different sounds and audios such as nature sounds, instrumentals and music soundtracks.
* Monaural beats – Monaural tones are the tones heard when you bring together two tones that have the same frequency and listen to them through one or two ears, it is possible to listen to these tones through the speaker without necessarily having to use headphones.
* Binaural beats – Binaural beats come about when you play tones with different frequencies in each ear separately, since the frequency in each ear is not the same, the frequency difference of the two tones is perceived as another beat by your brain, you have to use headphones for binaural beats as you get different frequencies unlike monaural beats.
*Isochronic tones – Isochronic tones are tones that can be compared to pulses or heartbeats, they are single tones that play like heartbeats, they are designed to play at intervals – spaced out at even intervals.
2. Audio Visual Entrainment
This is a method of entrainment that uses the audio entrainment with the extra help of visual enhancements, flashes of light are used together with beats and tones to help induce certain brain states.
It uses computer screens or diodes that flash light in about the same time as the beats to help lead your brain into various brain wave patterns.
The audio-visual entrainment is believed to be more powerful than the audio entrainment alone, therefore you are advised to use it wisely.
The most popular type of stimulation for the brain is the aural type, where people listen to audio recordings that have been created with sound frequencies that are meant to influence different mental states.
Isochronic tones, monaural beats and binaural beats are the most preferred ways to work with the brain waves to improve our mental states.
By simply listening to these frequencies, you get to shift from lost focus and concentration, sleeplessness, laziness and uneasiness to deep relaxation, sharp focus and concentration, feeling energized and sleepiness.
There are varying opinions on when brainwave entrainment was first discovered, some experts say that it was first discovered in the 1600’s while others say it was in the 1930’s.
Although there are no accurate dates for its identification, it is believed that its effects had been noted long before, during Ptolemy.
Benefits of Brainwave Entrainment
Even though brainwave entrainment is still under research, the few studies on it have shown to be very promising as a tool for brain and health improvement.
Research studies have shown that it improves the power of the brain in different ways, its benefits are mostly compared to the benefits that meditation practice brings as it helps with the same but at a faster rate.
The benefits reported with the use of brainwave entrainment include:
- Increased relaxation.
- Reduction in anxiety.
- Migraine and pain relief.
- Healing through an increase of the growth hormone.
- Increased alertness and athletic performance.
- Improved concentration and motivation.
- Increased creativity.
- Improved moods.
- Better sleep.
- Enhanced memory.
Some people have also said that it helped with other health issues such as hypertension, bringing premenstrual relief, blood pressure and insomnia.
Caution When Using Brainwave Entrainment
Due to its ability to alter brain states, it is encouraged that you use brainwave entrainment products carefully.
Although it has helped many people with health issues, it has also caused some negative effects on others.
We all react differently to brainwave entrainment as well as other things including medication.
That is why it is very important to know how well it works for you by using it in the recommended way.
If you are in the following categories, experts recommend that you use them with an approval from an appropriate physician, and they might even refuse you from them completely for your health’s sake.
* People who are under 18 years.
* People who are epileptic to avoid triggering seizures.
* People who intend to use brainwave entrainment products when driving or operating serious machinery.
* People who have brain injuries.
* People who are under the influence of medication or drugs.
* People who are wearing a pacemaker.
* People who are photosensitive.
* People who are prone to seizures.
* People who have serious mental illnesses.
* Pregnant women.
* People who are in doubt about their health.
How to Use Brainwave Entrainment
To get started with brainwave entrainment, you first have to determine the kind of benefits you wish to get from them.
After that, you should decide which method of entrainment you want to go with.
Once you are done with the first two steps, you should now look for the provisions that your chosen method offers and start using it.
Audio entrainment programs for different brain states can be found on lots of sites, but beware as many of them are not good quality, and could cost you a fair amount.
You can search and get a variety of programs that offer brainwave entrainment for one or many states on this page.
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Feel free to experiment with them and determine which is your right fit and keep at it.
It’s worth noting that the experiences and results with these programs, as with any other products out there, vary with the people using them.
There are some people who will get really good results, some will get moderate results and others, no results at all.
You have to find what works for you individually.
Results also take time and you need to be patient to see results.
Give the audios time to work on your brain, a proper session can take upto 3 months to fully embed itself into a normal state.
As you use these programs, be sure to make use of them with moderation.
Start small and increase the usage with time and as you get used to them to avoid overstimulation that may cause uneasiness and discomfort.
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If it persists, seek medical attention.
There are programs that go a few minutes and others take 30 minutes to an hour per session, unlike subliminal messages that can run for several hours.
If you will use the longer programs, make sure you use one program at a time.
Don’t use many of them all at once or you may dilute the results.
For the sleep programs, use them only to deal with occasional sleeplessness.
If you have other sleeping issues, it would be good if you visited a health care expert for further check up.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) on Brainwave Entrainment
Question: Is brainwave entrainment safe?
Answer: Brainwave entrainment is a safe way to induce positive brain states and improve your brain, provided you use it safely and follow the precautions given on it.
Question: For how long should you listen to brainwave entrainment audios?
Answer: It depends on the program you are using and how long it takes.
As a matter of caution, it is always good practice to start small, if you only have the option of using it for a few minutes, start with that.
Then increase the amount of time you listen to it as the days and weeks go by and as you start feeling more comfortable with it.
Also, you should begin with listening to it once a day and then twice a day after a few weeks.
Question: For how long do the effects of brainwave entrainment last?
Answer: It depends on many factors including the type of brainwave entrainment program you are using and what you do after listening to the audios.
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Most often the audios give you a temporary effect that may last for a few minutes, even after you are done listening to them.
Others are created like a brain training course that trains your brain.
These tend to have a longer effect than the short term ones.
Essentially, brainwave entrainment is a way for you to enhance your mental states for the better.
If you want to meditate better but can’t seem to relax, focus or remain wakeful, you can use brainwave entrainment programs for meditation.
The same case applies to other mental states such as productivity, sleep, pure relaxation, concentration, focus and others.
If you feel brainwave entrainment could be your best match, I encourage you to look through the available programs I have for you and give them a try.
You can search and get a variety of programs that offer brainwave entrainment for one or many states on this page.