Theta binaural beats are essentially sound waves with a frequency that resonates in the theta range.
The frequency range is considered to be 4-8 hertz, but often cited as 4-7 hertz.
These frequencies (binaural beats) are laid underneath meditation style music or nature/ambient sounds and, when you listen along, your brain is encouraged to follow and produce more theta brainwaves.
This is made possible through a process called “frequency following response”.
I cover exactly how this process works here. But read that later. Let's crack on for now.
Generally, we associate theta with deep relaxation, meditation, creativity and heightened intuition. Theta waves also play a roll in the early stages of sleep.
As detailed in this post, there are numerous studies that show how theta waves positively impact our psychological well-being – think lower stress levels, clearer thinking, an enhanced creative mind and much more.
So in this post, I'm going to give you a run down of the benefits you can expect to reap from regular use of theta binaural beats.
10 Benefits of Listening to Theta Binaural Beats
1. Stress Relief
Theta waves have potent stress relieving properties.
When the brain is in a state of high theta wave production, we are calm and relaxed, not stressed or anxious.
If you want to encourage a calm and balanced state of mind, listen to theta wave music.
2. Easier Meditation Practice
Theta binaural beats can help us enter a meditative state.
Listening to theta infused music will encourage your brain to produce fewer high frequency beta waves and more lower frequency theta waves; enabling you to calm down and reduce any anxiety you feel.
This is helpful if you are find yourself with too much to cope with, or struggle with invasive, self-limiting, negative thoughts.
Meditation provides huge benefits such as lowering stress and anxiety levels. Meditation can silence your inner critic for a while, help you access inner calm and induce a sense of peace and mental clarity.
With regular practice, you will find that post your meditate state, you will feel more positive, happy, content and compassionate with yourself and others.
3. Increased Levels of Creativity
Theta waves correlate with creative insight and intuition, which makes sense since when we relax, turn our thoughts inward and explore the mind, we find increased clarity among the valleys of our thoughts.
Naturally creative people such as musicians and artists are said to have high operating levels of theta waves when they are engaged in their craft.
However, such people sometimes suffer writer's block and find their creativity stifled; perhaps due to lifestyle changes such as stress or financial problems.
Listening to theta binaural beats makes it possible to bypass these blockages and unlock your creative juices.
4. Body Healing & Rejuvenation
Meditation helps reduce cortisol and inflammatory proteins in the body, and as we've discussed, theta brainwaves are dominant in meditation.
In this study, researchers monitored blood-based markers of subjects’ stress responses, including levels of the stress hormone cortisol and the inflammatory proteins IL-6 and TNF-α, which usually increase when the body is fighting illness.
The control group who took the stress management course showed a modest rise in markers on the second test compared to the first, suggesting a worsening of their anxiety from having to endure the test again.
The meditation group showed big drops in these markers on the second test, suggesting that the meditation training had helped them cope.
The team also found that the meditation group patients, compared to controls, experienced significantly greater reductions in self-reported measures of stress after their course.
In summary, meditation and entering the theta state will help you lower stress hormones and inflammatory proteins and help your body build better immunity.
5. Increased Mental Clarity
A less stressed, anxious brain — one that isn't jumping around like a flea and being pulled in different directions — enables better mental clarity.
After a theta listening session, you'll find you have access to increased mental clarity.
Mental blockages fall away and paves the way for better decision making and a more productive, organised state of mind.
6. Lucid Dreaming
Theta binaural beats can assist in accessing lucid dreaming. A lucid dream is a state whereby you have control of your actions and have the freedom to choose the characters and environment of your dream.
Lucid dreaming is not an out of body experience like astral projection; you will be asleep but in control.
Theta binaural beats can take you down into a deeply relaxed, introspective state, where you can stimulate your third eye and open a gateway to higher intuition.
Ideally, you then want to go down into delta and access the sleep state, but not too deeply, as you want to dream. It's not easy but with practice most people will be able to do it.
In a lifetime, most of us will have one or more lucid dreams without even trying. And it is not a new technique. There is evidence that lucid dreaming has been around for hundreds of years, maybe as long ago as 400AD.
7. Increased Vigour
Being so deeply relaxed for 30 minutes or so means that when you emerge, you feel restored and empowered. You are ready to take on life with new-found vigour.
Think about it like putting your computer into sleep mode. The computer is still on but the hard drive (the brain) is having a nap.
When you wake up your brain to full power again, you feel a sense of rejuvenation, a restoration of energy and mind power.
8. Improved Relationships
A calmer, more intuitive you, with a heightened sense of mental clarity and appreciation for life, means a more approachable you.
It also means a more compassionate and understanding you.
Naturally, this leads to an increase in positive encounters and subsequent improved relationships.
9. Tap Into Your Subconscious Mind
Theta can be considered the subconscious state that lies between the conscious and the unconscious, where you retain memories and feelings, and where the beliefs that direct your behavior are stored.
Unlocking your subconscious enables you to tap into the intuitive resources held within your mind so that you can alter self-limiting beliefs and negative thought cycles blocking your progress.
Doing so will improve your motivation to achieve the things you want in life, and assist in promoting a positive outlook on life at the same time.
Theta waves are generally characterized by feelings of inspiration and insight – akin to the state of meditation. Therefore, for some, being in the theta state presents a pathway to a more spiritual, divine connection with God/Mother Nature.
10. Better Sleep
What better way than sleep to put this list to bed.
Theta brain waves are present during light sleep in the REM dream state. During a normal nights sleep a sleeper passes from the theta waves of stage 1 and 2, to the delta waves of stage 3 and 4.
So theta waves are instrumental in the falling asleep part of the sleep cycle.
Encouraging production of theta waves through brainwave entrainment will contribute positively to sleep.