Lifehack: Relaxing with Binaural Beats

Although sensory input can the biggest enemy of everyone with autism, I’ve found out it can also be a big ‘friend’ and help as well. 🙂

During my studies, I found out I can fall asleep very easily while listening to certain tv shows, like Friends and Planet Earth. The rhythm of the spoken language seems to have a soothing effect on me, calms me down, and makes me sleepy. My own language (Dutch) doesn’t have this effect to me, which doesn’t surprise me: our rhythm is different, less ‘relaxed’ and way less soothing to listen to.

PLANET EARTH

Great visuals, with the voice of David Attenborough. So soothingzzzzzzzzz. <3

NATURES SOUNDS

Sounds of nature can be soothing and calming as well, but I guess, this is something all human beings have in common. There are tons of soothing nature sound videos on Youtube, which can really help you unwind and relax.

BINAURAL BEATS

The most interesting Youtube movies I have found, which seem to be able to relax and influence the brain, are binaural beats videos.

Binaural beat videos send sounds with two different frequencies to your headset. As a result your brain will experience a sound with a frequency, which is the difference between the 2 frequencies. Then, your brain will follow the frequency and produce brain waves of the same frequency. By doing this, in the right set of frequencies, you can get your brain to get into a relaxing frequency (theta and delta waves), which normally sets in when you fall asleep.

Although I was sceptical about the binaural beats (are they really going to influence the frequency of my brain?), I must say, they seem to work.

I really get in a relaxed state after listening to them for a while. Some of the binaural videos have annoying sounds, but if you skip those, it can really work out well for you.

I have looked for medical research on binaural beats. Unfortunately there isn’t much research on the subject, but I did manage to find one study, in which the effect of listening to binaural beats was measured. The researchers concluded that binaural beats are able to induce a meditative state of the brain rather quickly (e.g. after 10 minutes).

Pretty cool, ey!

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