Binaural beats for sleep

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Have you heard of binaural beats? In my quest for slumber, I recently discovered this niche audio element. As I’ve indicated in prior posts such as this guy or this one, sleep is not my friend. Well, to be clear, sleep *is* my friend but she can be an elusive and cruel friend at times.

Here’s a basic definition from Wikipedia:  “A binaural beat is an auditory illusion perceived when two different pure-tone sine waves, both with frequencies lower than 1500 Hz, with less than a 40 Hz difference between them, are presented to a listener dichotically (one through each ear).”

I have many tips & tricks up my sleeve when it comes to getting shut-eye. This bag o’ tricks includes *hand in front of mouth* sleeping pills which I have come to accept as a necessary part of my life and no longer feel guilty when I need to take one.

Some of my non-medicinal sleep-well tips:

  •  No screens of any kind prior to bedtime (I am only somewhat successful at this)
  •  At least 30 minutes of (ideally outdoor and vigorous) exercise during the day (generally very successful)
  •  Magnesium as a tablet or a drink with magnesium such as Calm (the jury’s out on this)
  •  A white noise machine (I’ve used a white noise machine every single night for years with good success for both slumber and drowning out background noise)
  • Spritzing or steaming essential oils such as lavender (smells lovely in any case)
  •  And, more recently, listening to YouTube videos with binaural beats included (definitely helpful for both sleeping and relaxing)

Music with binaural beats has a very zen-like, relaxing element to it. I can see this type of music driving some people nuts (and is apparently dangerous for people susceptible to seizures) but, for me, as someone who tends to be on the anxious side, I find it soothing and relaxing.

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Thankfully, my children and partner do not seem to suffer from sleep issues or insomnia. Because I’ve dealing with this issue most of my adult life, I’m used to it and can usually get through the day on little sleep when necessary. But, honestly, it sucks. I would happily pay good money for regular, long-term decent slumber.

What are your tricks and tips for sleeping well? I’d love to hear ’em.


16 responses to “Binaural beats for sleep

  1. This is really interesting! I have trouble sleeping and have taken to listening to sleep stories on Youtube. They help most nights but not always. I have not heard of binaural beats but I am definitely going to check it out. Thank you!

  2. I haven’t heard of this before. Two of my children have some issues falling asleep. I need to check this out and see if it would help them.

  3. Interesting. My husband is a horrible sleeper and uses white noise, but it doesn’t always help. I’m going to have to tell him to give this a try!

  4. I used to have problems sleeping. Until I had kids. Now I cherish every spare moment I can get to sleep. And it usually doesn’t take me that long. But I do have to use a fan to block out noise. It is the one thing that hasn’t changed. And now my kids enjoy turning the fan on as well. I wonder if this might not be better (and more portable). 🙂

  5. This is interesting. We have a son with sleep issues, so I think we need to explore this more.

  6. I love your sleeping tips. All three of my kiddos have problems sleeping. My kids have to take melatonin, but I love the non-medicinal tips you give. My daughter listens to Moshi which is a relaxation song and she can’t sleep without it.

  7. So interesting! My kids do okay. I listen to audiobooks every night, though. It helps for me to focus on something outside of my brain so I don’t get caught up in my thoughts. I’ve had Harry Potter on repeat for several years. 🙂

  8. Jennifer Douglas

    Wow, thanks so much for sharing this! I’ve tried white noise with my son but not binaural.

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