The first question people ask themselves when they come across binaural beats is how could they benefit my life?
There are a number of everyday use cases for which this natural therapy can help you improve your wellbeing and life performance.
In this post I have listed the ways in which I've integrated this form of brainwave entrainment into my life, and given you a track download recommendation for each purpose.
12 Ways to Use Binaural Beats for a Better Life Experience
1. Before Bed for a Better Night's Sleep
This is a really common use case and one proven to work. Choose a Delta frequency track for this purpose.
You can listen up to an hour before you sleep to relax your overactive mind and prepare for bed. You can also listen while reading in bed or just chilling out before sleep.
The result will be a deeper, more restful sleep. Perfect for insomniacs.
2. First Thing in the Morning (as a Pick Me Up)
Conversely, if you're not a morning person, or perhaps you are suffering a hangover or had a late night, try starting the day with track that stimulates an abundance of Alpha or Beta waves to start waking you up.
Listen as a seated meditation, or while you have your breakfast to get your neurons firing and brain into full swing.
3. With a Book to Immerse Yourself
Reading a novel at the moment? Want to lose yourself in the story and detach from the world?
Listen to an Alpha state track to get totally focused and into flow. You can also try Theta if you want to stimulate your imagination for a more vivid reading experience.
4. When Commuting to Pass the Time Constructively
If you're on a train or bus, put your headphones on, shut your eyes, kick back and spend a blissful 30 minutes inside your mind rather than hating every minute of the journey.
It's up to you what you listen to and really depends on your goal here. You might choose to use a track for a power nap, a meditation, or something to perk you up on the way to work.
5. When Meditating to Access Deeper Consciousness
Do you like to meditate but find it tricky to quieten your mind? This is an area where binaural beats excel and what many people are using them for.
Theta tracks are generally best for achieving that inner peace, as they relax you but not so much that you'll fall asleep, unless you're super tired of course.
6. When Studying
Got a test coming up? Something new you want to learn?
Binaural beats can help you access that flow state, you know that feeling when you're zoned in and effortlessly getting your work down with zero distraction.
What's more, there are tracks that can help improve your memory, too, by improving information retention and recall.
7. On Your Lunch Break
If you have access to a quiet space at work, try spending 20 minutes of your lunch break doing a meditation to relax a while and recharge your brain. Some work places have a prayer room, which is ideal for meditating or just sitting on a chair, eyes closed and listening for a while.
Doing so will mean avoiding that afternoon dip of tiredness, and make you far more productive through the afternoon..
8. When Doing Creative Work
Writer's block is a pain, and we all experience it from time to time. The good news is that binaural beats can give you hand in unlocking inspiration for new ideas.
Whether you're struggling to write an essay, stuck for ideas for a new music composition, poem, or painting, put on a binaural beats track designed to stimulate the creative mind and watch the ideas gush forth.
9. When Visualizing Your Goals
Visualizing is part of the law of attraction. You close your eyes and create mental images and scenarios of outcomes you want to manifest in life, sometimes going into very specific details to make the experience as real as possible.
I've written about doing this with binaural beats right here.
This is a really positive form of meditation that trains your subconscious mind with new positive habits and subsequent actions and outcomes in life.
10. In the Bath
BI had to get this one in. Who doesn't love a bath? I generally take showers. But occasionally, on a cold winter day, or after a long run, there's nothing like a soak in the tub.
It's so relaxing…but, to go a step further and make it a meditative experience, try listening to a binaural beats track designed for stress release.
Please be careful with your phone, tablet or other listening device. You don't want to drop it in. Bluetooth headphones would be best for this.
11. In a Coffee Shop
Coffee shops are fabulous places to spend a couple of hours reading, doodling, people watching and of course drinking coffee. But, how annoying is it when someone or something interrupts your “me time”?!
A baby crying, staff being loud hollering orders, two teenagers on their phones, the list is endless.
And so it's time to block out the world with a relaxing binaural beats track that completely immerses you in the moment.
12. When You Power Nap
A quick snooze is a great way to recharge, and the stress reduction and mental rejuvenation of a nap are well documented.
But like the coffee shop, sometimes you can't get properly settled because there are external distractions. Not just that, but if you're on a train, at your desk, in the lunch room or anywhere public for that matter, napping can make you a little conscious.
The good news is that there are binaural beats tracks designed to take you down into that cat-nap state for a quick recharge. This is one of my favorite use cases.
Binaural beats tracks usually have relaxing music laid over the frequency track – which isn't very pleasing to listen to on its own – so naturally you feel pretty chill and soon as your headphones go on.
A Few Final Tips
Those are my popular use cases, and as you can see there's plenty of ways this special music therapy can be integrated into your life for better wellbeing. I'm sure you'll find your own use cases too.
Before you get started, here's some quick advice that I think you'll find useful going forward.
In terms of how long to listen, enthusiasts generally agree that listening for a minimum of 15 minutes is ideal, so try to make your sessions 15+ minutes. The reason for this is that it often takes a solid few minutes to get into the track and for the frequency response process to happen.
This occurs when your brain picks up on the desired entrainment frequency and begins to follow along, producing brainwaves at that level. I've written about this in great detail in my beginner's guide.
I also have a cool FAQ here, which answers most people's questions.
I recommend developing a listening routine, perhaps starting off with three tracks a day. If you want advice on that, you can check out my listening routine.
In my opinion the best headphones to use are over the ear headphones, you know, the ones with the pads. Earbuds are fine too, but for the best experience closed-back, over the ear headphones are great. I have a bunch of recommendations here.
I hope this has been helpful for you.