Curing Your Insomnia Naturally with Sound – Binaural Beats vs Isochronic Tones

Insomnia has all sorts of causes and yours may be different from what mine was, but I’m pretty certain my own experience is quite common. You can’t get to sleep at night because your mind is racing. Most of the time I’d find myself lying awake in bed because I couldn’t get my brain to just slow itself down – I’d be awake thinking about the events of the day, or what I was going to do tomorrow or all of a sudden I’d get great brainstorms about new ideas and projects to do — most of which I’d never get around to doing because I was too tired all of the time.

One thing that helped was doing some meditation, especially guided meditation designed to help me fall asleep. But it didn’t help enough or every night, and I still found myself waking up frequently during the night and then unable to get back to sleep.

Since Guided Meditation did help, at least initially, I figured it was time to investigate this new-fangled thing called “brainwave entrainment”. Basically it is audio with a s pecial beat, a pulse, that helps re-sync your brain. It is very effective at helping you get to sleep because as your brain syncs with the pulse, it slows down all the racing thoughts inside your head, allowing you to relax and finally get a good night’s sleep.

If you’ve also investigated some “sleep technology” on your own, you may already be familiar with the type of beats known as binaural beats. That’s the most common kind of brainwave training available.

I’ve used binaural beats audio myself, and just like the guided meditation, it did help me fall asleep. In fact, it worked much better than guided meditation on its own. The problem, however, is that binaural beats only work when you are wearing headphones. That’s fine for falling asleep and it’s usually okay just to remove the headphones as you feel yourself starting to drift off, but it doesn’t help at all with staying asleep. I just can’t wear headphones all night. So even with binaural beats, I still found myself waking frequently in the middle of the night and then not being able to get back to sleep.

There is another type of brainwave entrainment available though and it is called isochronic tones. Binaural beats use a different tone in each ear, but isochronic tones use a rhythmic pulse that turns itself off and on. The brain responds powerfully to the off and on rhythm and so isochronic tones are actually much more effective than the binaural beats that are found in most sleep audio products.

One excellent way to train your brain back into the habits of sleeping is the Sleep Tracks Sleep Optimization Program, which uses brainwave audio technology featuring isochronic tones to help you fall asleep in minutes rather than hours.

Emma Martin spent most of her life struggling with chronic insomnia, but now she’s happily used to sleeping through the night. Fo r more information and tips on getting a good night’s sleep, visit her site: http://www.squidoo.com/sleeptonight