You can hear these beats best with a pair of good headphones. When each ear picks up a slightly different pitch, the brain tries to compensate and finds a frequency somewhere in the middle. This supposedly causes both hemispheres of the brain to harmonize their brainwaves, a phenomenon called neural entrainment.
Brainwaves are the regular patterns that firing neurons create in our brains, so binaural beats could be bringing these rhythmic patterns into alignment (some research still debates this).
MORE IDEAS FROM THE ARTICLE
Many companies are making daring affirmations that binaural beats work like “digital drugs” to “biohack” your brain, that have the power to unlock your memory and creativity while keeping away stress, headaches and insomnia. An entire industry has sprung up around the concept.
But the evidence for binaural beats’ therapeutic powers is not at all conclusive. A lot of big claims have been made without adequate verification.
They may boost our attention span, calm our anxiety and promote pain relief, although evidence is still insufficient. Studies showed that the effects increased the longer people listened.
But whatever mechanism is creating these changes remains unknown.
There’s no substantial confirmation they can make anyone smarter, sleep better or cleanse their chakras. Research into the anxiety-relieving or sleep-bringing, or any other claim is yet to be done, meaning that we have no evidence for these things beyond anecdotes.
They seem safe to try though: binaural beats are noninvasive, and there are no known side effects from listening to them, aside from potential hearing loss if the volume is too high.
The more we experiment, the more avenues open up to learning new techniques, principles and skills that contribute to our self-growth, and help us make a real breakthrough.
Deliberate experiments can be time and money intensive, can help us with incremental changes or can put us in an entirely new paradigm of self-evolution.
The poi nt isn’t to read Crime and Punishment on day one. The point is to get you reading. So start with what’s easy and what you’re into. Seriously, guilty pleasures abound (I like I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell and Shit My Dad Says).
Once you’ve tested the waters (maybe 2 — 3 months), start to grapple with tougher books, maybe even the canonical texts. To use what you read, start implementing this strategy . Don’t worry about this until you’re hooked though.
Life is short.
There are cars to drive, projects to finish, and girls to woo. If a book doesn’t have you engaged after 50 pages, move on to the next one. I know this might go against your instincts, but forget it — your instincts stopped you from reading and made you watch all 5 seasons of Jersey Shore.