In the hunt for more control over your mental states, many people are turning to the idea of binaural beats in a bid to create desired mental experiences, increase creativity, treat depression and anxiety, lose weight, quit smoking and even become lucid while dreaming.
This is something that, surprisingly, hasn’t got the biggest presence on the internet – there are a few forums dedicated to the cause of finding out whether or not they actually work, but it would seem that a true answer is still quite a way off.
There are a handful of people out there that claim to have successfully managed to control their dreams using binaural beats. In fact, it would seem that there are a few things that this “soundtrack” can provide relief for – ADHD is one of these, and multiple sclerosis is another. With them apparently being helpful for anxiety and depression too, it’s odd that more people aren’t turning to this form of meditation and relaxation. It’s also odd that there is not much conclusive research on binaural beats, which raises a very important question: who actually designs and creates binaural tracks? With binaural beats being such a mystery, how do they actually target different health conditions or target different desired states of mind, such as getting high or lucid dreaming?
For the most part, it would appear that the beats can help as part of the meditation process. The steady sound helps relax the body and mind, which potentially makes it a great idea for anyone that struggles to get to sleep. In that sense, it would work in the same sort of way as any relaxation music that you might listen to… Or wait! Considerable number of people find the sound of binaural beats scary and disturbing. Here is what one user had to say:
I don’t know why, but binaural sounds are very scary to me too. Maybe it’s the effect those waves have on your brain activity? I don’t quite know what it is, but they give me the chills. I tried them once, I put on earphones, lied down on my bed, closed my eyes, and witnessed the most potent hypnagogic state yet. I fell asleep with them still being on, I was NOT lucid, but when I woke up I felt dizzy and disoriented. I felt like that for the rest of the day. So I stopped fooling around with them. I suggest you the same. Brainwave-Generators and such things are no toys, if you are careless you might alter your psyche, or even worse!!!
You can decide for yourself by listening to this short demo track…
In addition, if you research a little, you will see that it is harder to put the beats to use than first thought. Some have mentioned that you should start off slow, working your way up, being careful not to “overdo” it… You are playing around with your mind after all; you don’t want to do anything that could potentially go wrong. Some sufferers of depression and anxiety have found that, rather than helping, binaural beats have quite the opposite effect, sending them into a spiral of sadness than then proves quite difficult to pull out of.
In conclusion, it would seem that very few binaural beats that you will easily find on the internet will help to achieve either lucid dreaming, or as a self-help way of battling anxiety, depression and more… There are some people that have had good effects, or so they say, however this could be attributed to placebo effect.
So do binaural beats work? Unfortunately at this moment there is no one definite answer to this question. While some people find them helpful there are many others who don’t feel any difference at all and then there are some others who have been affected negatively. For the sake of your health, it’s probably wise to stay away from them until more serious research is done and until the effects will be more predictable.