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 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...
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.
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.