To understand delta binaural beats and their benefits, we first need to understand what delta waves are, which is pretty easy to understand.
The delta brainwave state is the lowest in the brainwaves chart. These are slow brainwaves, thus their association with sleep.
The delta state is generally considered to operate between 1-4 Hertz, though recent research shows that these waves go as low as 0.5 Hz.
Delta waves are associated with deep sleep because they are dominant the latter stages of the sleep cycle.
Stage 4 of the sleep cycle has more than 50% delta wave activity and is where body regeneration occurs (1).
So if you don't get enough delta sleep, then you won't feel fully refreshed when you wake up.
If you’ve ever woken up and felt irritable, confused, or disorientated, you most likely woke up during the delta stage of sleep, or simply didn't get enough of it.
Delta Binaural Beats Benefits
Delta binaural beats recordings entrain the brain to produce more delta waves.
The binaural beats produce frequencies between 1-4 Hertz and the brain follows along. This is called ‘Frequency Following Response'.
The short version of how this process works is as follows:
- Put on headphones
- Play frequencies in the delta range through the ears
- The brain picks up on these vibrations and essentially harmonizes with them
- The brain then begins to produce brain waves at the same rate.
A more in-depth explanation of the process can be found here.
Research has shown that binaural beats can help improve sleep.
In a study, eight weeks of listening to binaural beats improved perceived sleep quality and the post-sleep state of athletes (soccer players) (2).
Stress & Anxiety Reduction
Getting a healthy amount of sleep is essential to living a long, healthy life, and to feeling positive and happy.
Lack of sleep raises stress levels and exacerbates symptoms of anxiety.
Research has shown that listening to delta binaural beats is not just beneficial in improving sleep but in reducing anxiety (3).
You see, without enough sleep, your cortisol level rises – known as the ‘stress hormone'.
Over exposure to cortisol can impact your health in a number of ways, including:
- Sleep problems
- Heart disease
- Weight gain
- Memory and concentration impairment (4).
Delta brainwaves are associated with healing because there is a correlation between delta wave activity and Human Growth Hormone secretion via the pineal gland.
HGH is beneficial for bodily healing and regeneration and is considered anti aging (5).
Delta waves are such an important part of the brainwave makeup because they help us sleep and assist the body's healing processes.
To help promote healthy delta wave sleep, try listening to one of our sleep tracks before bed.
Intuition & Subconscious Reprogramming
On a more spiritual level, the delta state (between 0.5-4Hz) is the state in which the subconscious becomes very active and opens the gateway to intuition.
This makes delta binaural beats not only a good choice to help enhance sleep, but also for accessing the subconscious mind for cleansing and self-empowerment.
Delta waves are associated with healing and increased empathy, which would go some way in explaining why therapists, spiritual guides, healers and others working in professions that involve helping others are said to have more delta brain waves in their brain wave makeup than others when awake.
Such people have a gift for being able to tune into the unseen suffering of others. metaphorically seeing the unseen.
How to Use Delta Binaural Beats
All you have to do is relax, slip on headphones and press play.
The best time to listen to delta binaural beats recordings is in the evening, preferably before you want to go to sleep.
You should use delta recordings to relax and de-stress, and to aid sleep.
Listening up to 2 hours before bedtime is best, and some people like to fall asleep listening too.
However, because binaural beats require headphones to be effective, you might want to use bluetooth headphones when listening in bed. Some people prefer sleepphones which are specially designed for sleep.
There are no side effects to listening to delta binaural beats recordings.
However, it is advised that you don't use the music during the day time when you want to be awake and alert, or when driving or using machinery, as it is likely to make you feel very relaxed.
By making delta binaural beats part of your listening routine you may experience the following:
- Improved sleep quality
- Improved hormonal balance (less cortisol, increased HGH, etc)
- Lower stress and anxiety
- Heightened feelings of positivity & happiness
- Deeper connection with your intuition and subconscious mind