71. Ten-Minute Mommy Recharge – Dr. Elizabeth Krasnoff, PhD
" It can be difficult to take a nap when your mind is racing. Doctors have found that binaural beats can change the brain’s production of delta waves. Delta is the brainwave frequency that causes a person to fall asleep."
As a mother-to-be, new mother, mother of five, or empty nester, there is one thing you will always need—just ten minutes to yourself to center, refresh, and recharge your brain and body before dropping back down into your centered heart. Motherhood involves the “invisible workload” of ensuring kids’ happiness and family survival. Some women describe child raising in addition to employment as a seemingly endless “second shift”. You may experience anxiety due to feelings of overwhelm. Women are nearly twice as likely to develop anxiety as men. Binaural beats are an easy-to-use, easily accessible, and non-invasive way to recharge your precious me-time. Binaural beats technology shows great potential since users do not need to ingest drugs to change their brainwave patterns. It can now be done using sound alone.
Pregnant women may experience stress and anxiety. Almost one-quarter of women experience worry, nervousness, and agitation during pregnancy. Relaxation is especially important for women suffering from pregnancy complications. The human brain is sensitive to sound. Your entire nervous system operates as a semiconductor for sound. Sound triggers brainwaves that travel along the connective tissue and through water channels inside the body. Listening to binaural beats can be a safe way to feel happier and more relaxed while you are pregnant.
What are binaural beats and how do they work? They consist of two slightly different sound frequencies, one in each ear using headphones. The brain responds to the difference between the two sound frequencies by producing a third sound, an auditory illusion that exists only in the listener’s mind. The two hemispheres of brain are brought into harmony with the third sound. According to research, your brain learns and expresses emotions at different brainwave frequencies. When you use binaural beats to change your brainwaves, you can change the way you feel. How can binaural beats change the way the brain operates? Brain cells produce brainwave patterns that correspond to emotions and feelings. By using binaural beats to bring about a specific brain frequency, you can reverse engineer the way your brain works.
Four brainwave frequencies are used in binaural beats products. Alpha binaural beats are popular due to their ability to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation. When the brain goes into an alpha brainwave pattern, it produces extra supplies of the chemicals associated with happiness, including melatonin, beta-endorphin, and dopamine. The brain responds to the sound of alpha beats by producing its own supply of alpha waves at a frequency of 8-12 Hz. Alpha brain waves bring a state of relaxation and reduced stress. Some people find that listening to alpha beats while practicing meditation or deep breathing exercises heightens the relaxing effect. Alpha beats have even been used to help dental surgery patients relax. The positive effect of time spent in alpha can last for several hours.
Beta binaural beats are another option for recharging. You can use beta binaural beats to focus and learn. We are in beta when we are awake and alert during waking hours. You can listen to beta beats to increase mental focus while studying, working, or engaging in other mentally demanding tasks. Yet, beta is also the state in which we feel the most stress. You can shift out of beta into alpha or theta to relax. The use of a repetitive theta sound beat to cause feelings of bliss is as old as trance music, dancing and drumming. Theta causes an even deeper state of relaxation than alpha. Theta beats have even been used to reduce pain and lower the need for pain medication in clinical settings. A recent study showed that persons who listened to binaural beats of a theta frequency for ten minutes were able to quickly relax and enter a meditative state. Here is how you would use theta binaural beats to reach deep relaxation. Select a theta binaural beats product that provides tones of 440 hertz for the left ear, and 446 for the right ear. As you listen to the tones, your brain will respond by producing a 6 hertz theta frequency pattern, which will resonate in the two hemispheres of your brain and cause very deep relaxation.
You can use binaural beats at delta frequency to help you sleep. Delta brainwaves are associated with deep sleep. Listening to delta beats before bed or while practicing relaxation techniques can lead you to a state of deep relaxation and even improve sleep quality. It can be difficult to take a nap when your mind is racing. Doctors have found that binaural beats can change the brain’s production of delta waves. Delta is the brainwave frequency that causes a person to fall asleep. Even doctors listen to delta binaural beats to relax quickly and take a brief nap.
Use binaural beats to enter brainwave state of your choice for your ten-minute mommy recharge. Binaural beats are played beneath music, so choose music that you like. Since the beats work by playing a different tone in each ear, use headphones or earbuds to listen. Always listen to the binaural beats for at least seven minutes. It takes at least that long for brain neurons to starting firing at the same rate as the beat that you hear. You will find that music super charged with binaural beats is a powerful synergy for a 10-minute mommy break.
Elizabeth is the first (and so far only) person in the world to hold a PhD in Binaural Beats. She has the most current published review of the field in her groundbreaking dissertation “The Effects of Auditory Binaural Beats on Consciousness and the Human Nervous System.” In her 10 years as a sound practitioner, she noticed the superior effectiveness of this sound technology and dedicated 5 years to its scientific study. She personally uses Binaural Beats on herself and her clients, and makes and sells Binaural Beats. She releases monthly Binaural Beats on her podcast “Beats of the Month” and has an app under design.