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Better than Ambien…Sleep with Brainwave Entrainment

Do you know you can synchronize your brainwaves and achieve better sleep?  This article from the eBook, ABZzz’s of Sleeping Insomnia-Free focuses on the letter ‘B’ and refers to brainwave entrainment.

Do you know you can synchronize your brainwaves and achieve better sleep?  This article from the eBook, ABZzz’s of Sleeping Insomnia-Free focuses on the letter ‘B’ and refers to brainwave entrainment.

What is brainwave entrainment?  Entrainment, a physics principle, refers to the synchronization of two or more rhythmical cycles where vibrations of one object will cause the vibrations of the other object to oscillate at the same frequency.  For example, if two pendulum clocks are placed next to one another, in time they will gradually synchronize to one another. 

Brainwave entrainment is not new.  Vibrations resonate with one another, just like tuning forks.  The application of this principle has been used for centuries by different cultures via drumming and chanting, to create rhythmic patterns which would stimulate altered states of consciousness.

Your brain is composed of billions of cells called neurons and they communicate via electricity.  This electrical brain activity can be measured by using sensitive medical equipment, like an EEG, and because of its cyclical wave-like nature, is called a brainwave.  Depending on a person’s level of activity, from the highly aroused alpha state, to the delta state of deep sleep, the wave formations change dramatically.

When the insomniac wakes in the middle of the night, brainwave activity picks up as the mind chatter begins.   Brainwave entrainment refers to the electrical response of the brain to rhythmic sensory stimulation, by the use of pulses of sound or light.  When the brain is given a rhythmic stimulus, such as a repetitive drumbeat, rain, waves etc., the brain reproduces the rhythm in the form of these electrical impulses.  Depending on the speed and consistency of the rhythm, the brain can respond by synchronizing its own electrical cycle to the rhythm.

As an example, a 4Hz brainwave is associated with sleep; therefore a 4Hz sound pattern would help reproduce the sleep state in your brain.  If you have difficulty turning off the mind chatter while trying to get to sleep, or when you wake during the night, you may want to experiment with calming the brainwaves to a much slower frequency by using brainwave entrainment.  Fortunately there are numerous CD’s available with repetitive, rhythmical noise patterns that help to calm the brain to induce sleep.  An Internet search for “brainwave entrainment” will yield a plethora of results.  You may also want to experiment with creating your own rhythmical entrainment CD with computer software.

One such software, the Neuro-Programmer, includes numerous sessions that will not only help guide your brain down to a deep delta sleep, but also assist in giving you better control over your daytime energy levels. One of the beneficial features of NP2 is that you are not required to use headphones or special speakers. If you have used entrainment for sleep induction before, you know how annoying attempting to sleep with a pair of earphones in can be.

  • This brainwave entrainment program can help guide you into a very relaxed state, close to sleep. You might even find yourself nodding off even during light relaxation sessions.
  • Theta brainwave training is very successful, and while common sense says Theta training would be the most effective treatment for chronic Insomnia, however, researchers suggests that there is no universal remedy for poor sleep habits, and that a single protocol does not often work for everyone. In fact, chronic, life-long insomniacs tend to respond much better to more specific brainwave patterns related to control over energy levels and movement.
  • One study successfully treated 16 long time psychophysiological insomniacs, randomly assigning each of them to either SMR training or Theta training. It was found that the tense, anxious insomniacs responded well to Theta training as opposed to those who, while deeply relaxed, still found it difficult to sleep, responding better to SMR training.
Whether you are a chronic Insomniac or you simply have too much on your mind, brainwave entrainment can help guide your mind to a deep, restorative sleep, reduce mental thought chatterArticle Search, and give you more control over sleep and energy levels in the future. It was even described by one insomniac as "better than Ambien" at helping him fall asleep.

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