Dose: 40 minutes or until symptoms ease
Frequency: Daily (prior to sleep)
Please note your response to question one before taking the digital dose and completing the remainder of the clinical form. Ensure your headset is adjusted to a comfortable volume, relax and breath deeply during the course of the session.
Research into binaural beats is expanding, yet further exploration is needed to better understand how this technique affects brain function and how to use it most effectively in chronic insomnia sufferers1.
A small study demonstrated that delta & theta binaural beat exposure led to a change in three hormones closely linked to sleep (DHEA, Cortisol & Melatonin)2. This was further supported by another study showing that binaural beats had the ability to not only induce sleep, but also positively modulate the various stages of neural activity (N2 & N3). This led to a deeper sleep for the participant3.
Additional advantages may also be recognised when comparing this to conventional treatments. Binaural beats are low impact and non-invasive, they don’t rely on chemical drugs, it’s inexpensive and, for most people, easy to adopt and maintain. In this way, it is similar to other behavioural therapies for sleep, including meditation and relaxation techniques.
In light of this, we believe additional research into this area is warranted.
1. Jespersen KV, Koenig J, Jennum P, Vuust P. Music for insomnia in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2015, Issue 8. Art. No.: CD010459. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010459.pub2
Jirakittayakorn, Nantawachara & Wongsawat, Yodchanan.
(2017). Brain Responses to a 6-Hz Binaural Beat: Effects on General Theta
Rhythm and Frontal Midline Theta Activity. Frontiers in Neuroscience. 11. 10.3389/fnins.2017.00365.
Research Validates Auditory (Binaural Beats) Benefits - https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/7389/0d1704f7537906a2e1a05dc818b9958e52e1.pdf
3. Jirakittayakorn, Nantawachara & Wongsawat, Yodchanan.
(2018). A Novel Insight of Effects of a 3-Hz Binaural Beat on Sleep Stages
During Sleep. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 12.10.3389/fnhum.2018. 00387.