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Do Binaural/frequency beats work, or is it just psychosomatic?

Asked by SergeantQueen (7186points) January 10th, 2018

I’ll post a few links below as examples, but I’m just curious as to whether or not these beats work. A few claim to help with sleeping, anxiety, and some say they boost serotonin. Are they legit or is it just said to make you think they work (psychosomatic)

I do feel relaxed and slightly sleepy when I listen to them. Could be just me though. Also, if anyone has any good apps suggestions that play calming noises while you sleep with a timer that would be nice :)
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Strauss's avatar

Well, if it is psychosomatic, I think it works…

Kardamom's avatar

I didn’t open the links yet. I’ll just let you know (as a middle aged lady with insomnia) I often listen to rain sounds, trains going down the track sounds, and campfire crackling sounds, to help me sleep. Those sounds have always been relaxing and comforting to me. Maybe it’s the comforting part that is helpful. I also sleep better listening to cats and dogs gently snoring in the bed next to me.

I don’t know if the human brain is set up to be able to relax better to specific sounds, or whether we learn (as individuals) to find certain sounds more relaxing. I kind of recall @RedDeerGuy saying that listening to heavy metal actually relaxed him. Maybe each of us has a different kind of thing that is comforting/relaxing to us. Not sure.

I found a whole bunch of good rain and thunder videos that are many hours long. You can turn them on and let them run all night if you want to. You can also find “ambient sound” recordings on Itunes and record them onto your computer or a disk and then play them as you go to sleep (that’s what I do). The campfire sounds are delightful, and so are the trains clacking down the track sounds.

imrainmaker's avatar

Haven’t required any sound to fall asleep as yet..So can’t comment on it. But some sounds do feel relaxing for sure!

MrGrimm888's avatar

I have had great success with “white noise“apps. I generally sleep in the daytime, so it can be a frustrating endeavor.

I didn’t mention a specific app, to try not to solicit. There are many, where you can choose natural sounds, and music. Like rain, with frogs, and techno, or whatever…

Psychosomatic, or not. It works, or it doesn’t…

seawulf575's avatar

Don’t know if they work or not. And I am not sure they would work on everyone even if they did. But I have a hard time believing in psychosomatics. I believe our minds are capable of great things if we get out of the way and let them do it. If listening to music as in your links helps you get a good night’s sleep, then they work for you. ‘nuff said.

NomoreY_A's avatar

I used to count sheep jumping over a fence but it didn’t really work. The damn sheep just kept coming and coming.

Kardamom's avatar

Crickets and frogs are good too, I forgot about those.

NomoreY_A's avatar

Too many crickets out there at night though. I tried the counting crickets thing one time, didn’t sleep for three weeks.

Kardamom's avatar

Don’t count them, just listen to them sing : )

greatfullara's avatar

I quit smoking by listening to those subliminal message meditations with certain megahertz for 28 nights…

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