Anxiety disorders are greatly misunderstood. People often confuse someone who says they suffer with anxiety with someone who gets a little nervous or apprehensive before a big occasion.
While it's true that symptoms of anxiety can be experienced when feeling this way, those who suffer from anxiety can have their lives disrupted and controlled by their disorder on a daily basis. Indeed, an anxiety disorder can dictate your life: the decisions you make, the people you interact with, and the places you go.
Anxiety disorders arise for a number of reasons, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality or prior life events. And it's extremely common.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year (1).
The good news is that our special music, which uses binaural beats, can help relieve anxiety.
Indeed, binaural beats technology has been subject to a number of studies to test its effectiveness in treating anxiety.
In this post we'll look at the results of 5 research studies in this area.
Each study paper is linked in parenthesis so that you can independently verify the information outside of this article.
Binaural Beats: Anxiety Studies
1) Efficacy of Binaural Beats in Cognition, Anxiety, and Pain Perception (A Meta-Analysis)
A meta-analysis is a study that looks at the results of a number of studies in a particular area to draw an overall result.
The theory is that this is a more accurate way to draw a conclusion on a subject matter, because you aren't looking at just one or two studies but many studies, from which you can deduce an average result.
A meta-analysis also means you can select the studies likely to be most credible by setting a criteria and excluding studies that don't meet the standards set out in that criteria.
This meta-analysis measured the impact of twenty-two studies that looked at the effect of binaural beats on cognition, anxiety, and pain perception.
For anxiety, specifically, the study concluded that binaural beats are effective at reducing anxiety levels.
Interestingly, the findings also suggest that binaural beat exposure before, and before and during the task produces superior results than exposure during the task (2).
2) Effectiveness of Binaural Beats in Reducing Preoperative Dental Anxiety
In this study, sixty patients who were to have impacted third molars removed were split into two groups, 30 in each group.
One group was the control group, who were not exposed to binaural beats prior to their surgery, and the other group was the , who were exposed to the binaural beats.
A significant reduction in anxiety was experienced by the experimental group, while the level of anxiety in the control group was unchanged (3).
3) Examining Binaural Beat Audio and Pre-Operative Anxiety in Patients Undergoing General Anaesthesia for Day Case Surgery
When you have research from one study such as that above preoperative dental anxiety, one might assume that this was an outlier and that if a similar study were conducted again the results would not be the same.
Interestingly though, in this study on preoperative anxiety in patients undergoing general anaesthesia, similar results were seen.
They found an average decrease in anxiety of 26%, and in individual cases as high as 33%. They did not see significant decreases in the control group (4).
4) Binaural Beat Technology in Humans: A Pilot Study to Assess the Psychological & Physiological Effects
This particular study took 8 healthy adults and had them listen to binaural beats daily over a 60-day period.
The study resulted in a decrease in anxiety and increase in quality of life, based of the World Health Organization's quality of life index.
Because this was a small group study, the researchers noted that:”Further research is warranted to explore the effects on anxiety using a larger, randomized and controlled trial” (5).
If you are interested, we look at this study in greater detail here.
5) Use of Binaural Beat Tapes for Treatment of Anxiety
This study sought to determine whether mildly anxious people would report decreased anxiety after listening daily for 1 month to music with embedded binaural beats.
Listening to the binaural beats recordings resulted in a significant reduction in the anxiety score reported daily in patients' diaries. The number of times participants listened to the tapes in 4 weeks ranged from 10 to 17 (an average of 1.4 to 2.4 times per week) for approximately 30 minutes per session.
One interesting aspect of this study is the frequency and duration for which the participants listened. Consistency of listening and duration are key in accumulating reduction in anxiety.
All our binaural beats recordings come with a 30 minute and one hour version as standard, and we also recommend a session be no shorter than 15 minutes to ensure effectiveness (6).
Numerous studies have shown the benefit of meditation on reducing stress by inducing a state of deep relaxation (7). Our music, however, as the above studies suggest, take this to a new level of effectiveness.
Those suffering from anxiety are able to benefit from a natural therapy, which in those suffering severe anxiety could be used in addition to medication, and for those suffering mild anxiety, or anxiety in specific situations such as social anxiety or anxiety before flying, can be used prior to the event, and during where permitted.
It is recommended that those wanting to reduce anxiety using binaural beats do so by listening to low frequency recordings such as those in the Delta, Theta and low Alpha ranges.
Low frequency recordings will slow down brainwaves and reduce the fight or flight response produced by a state of anxiety. Higher frequency recordings such as those in the Beta and Gamma ranges may exacerbate anxiety by causing brainwaves to operate at a higher frequency.
We have many users who suffer from varying degrees of anxiety and continue to benefit from the use of our music.
We have a number of recordings that will will help reduce symptoms of anxiety, as listed below: