Brainwave entrainment is a powerful method of using sounds to alter your brain state. Our brains operate at different wavelengths and higher frequency’s are in tune with higher levels of alertness, and vice-versa.
Brainwave entrainment stimulates the brain into entering a specific state by using a pulsing sound, light, or electromagnetic field. The pulses elicit the brain’s ‘frequency following’ response, encouraging the brainwaves to align to the frequency of a given beat.
“Any stable frequency evokes a cortical response. The brain synchronises its dominant brainwave frequency with that of the external stimulus. This is called Brainwave Entrainment. “
Delta >>><<< Theta >>><<< Alpha >>><<< Beta
Deep Sleep ———— Alertness ———— Awake
Lower ————— Frequency ————— Higher
Science has been able to link the 4 brainwave states to improving memory, learning, energy levels and more. Since we can’t sense our own brainwaves, it’s extremely difficult to control them. This is where brainwave entrainment comes into play.
Our brains follow cues from outside stimuli, and brainwaves mimic the pulse rates of the sounds we expose it to. So, by creating tracks that pulse sound waves at a desired frequency, we can effectively coax our brain into that state. In layman’s terms; by listening to some strange sounding brainwave frequency audios, we can literally slip our brain into a state of feeling calm, alert, focused, energized… and the list goes on.
“The brain does not operate in just one single frequency; the full spectrum of brainwave frequencies are always running, all the time. The dominant frequency determines our mental state – and entrainment temporarily shifts our mental state by boosting one frequency to be louder than the others. “
Brainwave entrainment has a number of beneficial uses but here are just a few:
Increased creativity (Beta)
When waking up from a deep sleep or when trying to break through that early afternoon lull, beta waves can help bring you into a state of alertness and also helps increase creativity.
Stress relief (Alpha)
At the end of a stressful day, when your mind is racing, you can use alpha waves to help calm your mind and create a state of relaxation.
Enhanced learning (Theta)
When trying to learn, Theta is the ideal brain wave frequency, but it is quite difficult to learn in your sleep. By using brain entrainment, you can tune your brain in to a Theta state while staying conscious, to massively improve learning and memory.
Rejuvenating Rest (Delta)
Delta waves are the lowest frequency state that our brains use. Using delta waves can be very useful to help you fall asleep or to increase the quality of sleep; allowing you to maintain your sleeping state and to wake up feeling more rested in the morning.
Amazingly, with the right tools and enough use, brainwave entrainment can improve learning, memory, creativity, motivation, relaxation, sleep, focus, energy levels and problem solving.
- Don’t overdo it; most cases of side-effects come after overuse. A fifteen minute session is sufficient to begin (or 3-5 minutes if using audio/visual entrainment). Everyone reacts differently, and you will need to determine your sensitivity before jumping in.
- If you experience increased anxiety, convulsions, overwhelming subconscious images, nausea, headaches, dizziness or increased heartbeat, discontinue use immediately.
- Do not use brainwave entrainment if you have any brainwave hyper-arousal or instability symptoms.