Binaural and isochronic tones for sleeping have become a hot trend in the mental health world over the past few years. If you haven’t heard of them, that’s ok. They are sounds that play in your ears to alter your brain waves and produce a certain result (concentration, relaxation, pain relief). For every person who prefers to take pills for their problems, there is a pill. For everyone who prefers to use alternative methods, there are the trenches.
What are the trenches, you ask? It’s that place between Pinterest and Physician, where you might try to make your own cough syrup but you balk at the idea that taking herb blends can substitute for chemotherapy. It’s being willing to believe lavender can help you relax, but not substituting St. John’s wort for an antidepressant. Life is all about keeping your balance, right? In order to keep your balance in the world of alternative methods, sometimes you just have to become a guinea pig. That’s what led me to these binaural and isochronic tones for sleeping.
Why I’m trying something new (again)
It’s no secret that I have trouble sleeping. I live in a very busy brain on top of leading an incredibly busy life. You do too. We live in a nation in current political turmoil, and I like to argue! Who needs sleep when I could be winning that last minute political debate with the complete stranger who didn’t back my candidate? Even if I do try to sleep, instead I lay awake brooding and snorting about the clever things I should have said (none of which ever occur to me during the argument. Recently, however all this has led to a bad bout of anxiety and now I can’t rest.
As if not sleeping isn’t bad enough, I have difficulty hearing alarms. If I get to sleep in a timely fashion I have a better chance of waking up at a decent hour. When I have trouble resting I use binaural and isochronic beats for sleeping. I’ll show you how.
Five Steps to trying Binaural and Isochronic Tones for sleeping
- Headphones – isochronic tones don’t require headphones, but binaural tones do. Get a pair.
- Download an App – if you’re one of the millions of people who use their smart phone as an alarm, you can also download an app that will help you find the right beat. I use Relax Melodies. You can also select from a TON of websites and YouTube channels.
- Choose your beats – many of your apps will have options like “deep sleep” or “dreamless sleep” or “lucid sleep” – my suggestion? Choose whatever sounds best. If the noise is irritating, you certainly won’t be relaxed.
- Follow your ordinary sleep routine– take a warm shower, use some essential oils, whatever allows you to wind down.
- Give it more than one night– like anything new, this will take some getting used to. Give it a chance.
Until next time,