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Binaural Beats - Who has used them?

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Created March 30, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Who has used Binaural beats, and what did you use them for? Was it successful?

I currently am interested in them due to experiencing some stress-related health issues. I've heard in the past that they are good for facilitating meditation, but upon further research people used them for all kinds of things. There does appear to be some science behind it and the concept makes sense.

Here is my bias science source: http://www.binauralbeatsgeek.com/binaural-beat-research.html

Starting tonight I will be using them in addition to another meditation technique for stress relief.

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on February 21, 2013
at 01:19 AM

Thanks, I'm finally gonna put up the cash and get one. Need to lower stress!

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on March 31, 2012
at 05:50 PM

I think it's maybe similar, but stronger or more noticeable.

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on March 31, 2012
at 04:07 PM

I took a HemiSync training years ago, then bought the CD series for home use. Found it very beneficial but no longer use the product because I get the results without. End of day, there are many quality products for inducing relaxing, regenerative ASCs (altered states of consciousness).

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on March 31, 2012
at 12:20 PM

It could be similar to the effect of listening to certain types of music for studying?

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on March 31, 2012
at 12:54 AM

But love that Supermemo!

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on March 31, 2012
at 12:54 AM

I beg to differ. It's a bit more subtle than that--if polyphasic sleep frees up some time in your day, that can lead to you rushing less to balance temporary grogginess. I've tried it maybe 3-4 times over the years and could never stick to it long enough. Biphasic that is, not the more fragmented phasics.

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on March 31, 2012
at 12:51 AM

It's being touted as a shortcut to deep, meditative states which require years of focus and effort. It's also being used by many in the New Age and mystical movements as a gateway to OBE (out of body experience). There are many products available but one of the first is based on the technique pioneered by Robert Monroe, the author of Journeys out of the Body (yes, OBE), called HemiSync.

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on March 31, 2012
at 12:30 AM

And here: http://www.supermemo.com/articles/polyphasic2010.htm

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on March 31, 2012
at 12:30 AM

This is a good explanation: http://www.supermemo.com/articles/polyphasic.htm

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on March 31, 2012
at 12:28 AM

Polyphasic sleep is the stupidest idea if you're at all interested in quality mental work.

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on March 30, 2012
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I got one of those Orion light and sound machine things years ago back in college. I think it could do binaural beats with special CDs, but I mainly just used it for the regular beats and lights. It did seem to help me relax, but I never noticed any other benefits.

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21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

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on March 30, 2012
at 11:42 PM

I used them a couple times for stress and sleep issues. Made me feel kinda funny, like when we used to climb the rope in gym class.

Did it work? I'm not sure, but it did something to my brain. Unfortunately, I stopped using them when it became even slightly inconvenient time-wise. Damn you, 24-hour day! Might be time to look at polyphasic sleeping again...

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on March 31, 2012
at 12:28 AM

Polyphasic sleep is the stupidest idea if you're at all interested in quality mental work.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

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on March 31, 2012
at 12:54 AM

But love that Supermemo!

Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

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on March 31, 2012
at 12:30 AM

This is a good explanation: http://www.supermemo.com/articles/polyphasic.htm

Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

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on March 31, 2012
at 12:30 AM

And here: http://www.supermemo.com/articles/polyphasic2010.htm

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

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on March 31, 2012
at 12:54 AM

I beg to differ. It's a bit more subtle than that--if polyphasic sleep frees up some time in your day, that can lead to you rushing less to balance temporary grogginess. I've tried it maybe 3-4 times over the years and could never stick to it long enough. Biphasic that is, not the more fragmented phasics.

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on April 01, 2012
at 03:43 PM

My husband and I used to use Holosync (Centerpointe) for 30 min-1 hour for 5+ days/week for nearly 4 years. He had done the Art of Living meditation before the biaural beats. I have tried to do traditional meditation for years pre-Paleo and had difficulty focusing. There were benefits to all of the above, but looking back we didn't feel it was the best return on investment (time and money).

We basically stopped Holosync after some Paleo biohackers/self quantifiers recommended Emwave for Desktop. It's uses biofeedback and is is nondenominational (doesn't matter if you are an atheist or a fundamentalist). Emwave is cheaper, and faster (about 5-12 min/day). You can track yourself very well. There are breathing exercises and games. You can install it on an unlimited # of computers. There is only 1 USB earpiece sensor (you pay for extra ones if you want). I tried the finger sensor but it didn't work very well, so I stopped using it. It's quite useful while traveling.

Over the years, I've found a disproportionate amount of meditation products and services (and gurus) to promote vegetarianism (rarer with veganism). The irony is that since our blood sugar is far more stable on an ancestral lifestyle (and cortisol less), I find that when I do sit in on a yoga or meditation session I don't get hungry (or think about food) the way we used to. That's a whole another hack, sorry for the rambling.

Anyways - Emwave measures heart rate variability and pulse, and is a good indicator of emotional state. There are different difficulty levels - low, medium, high, and highest.

I do not have any financial interests in any of these products. I tell people you should experiment and find what you feel most comfortable with.

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on February 21, 2013
at 01:19 AM

Thanks, I'm finally gonna put up the cash and get one. Need to lower stress!

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337b24e948ed467fa775b5f56f51560c

on March 31, 2012
at 10:17 AM

I've used binaural beats to help me focus. I feel like they do something, kind of like that feeling you can get from a decent meditation, but I'm not sure how much of that is just my wanting it to work. I figure it can't hurt and sometimes I need all the help I can get.

337b24e948ed467fa775b5f56f51560c

on March 31, 2012
at 05:50 PM

I think it's maybe similar, but stronger or more noticeable.

F02990386b12528111740ad6279ba29d

(1363)

on March 31, 2012
at 12:20 PM

It could be similar to the effect of listening to certain types of music for studying?

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