Do Binaural Beats Really Work? Uncovering the Science & the Benefits

Restful Life
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Binaural beats, often heralded as the key to serenity, have surged in popularity.

But, amid the promises of inner peace, one question persists: Do binaural beats really work?

Great question! Let’s uncover whether this therapeutic sound therapy lives up to the buzz.

Here is the actual science behind binaural beats and their benefits.

How do binaural beats work?

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When two slightly different frequencies of pure sound are combined, a humming vibration is created.

These frequencies are called binaural beats. When you listen to this vibration in headphones, the brain responds in a remarkable way.

Instead of processing the sound via the auditory cortex, the entire brain works in unison to create calm brain waves - similar to ones you produce during relaxation, deep meditation and sleep.

For example, when you listen to a vibration of 10 Hz, your brain will produce brain waves of 10 Hz or Alpha brain waves. Helping you feel relaxed and blissful. Effortlessly.

What are the potential benefits of binaural beats?

Binaural beats may have a range of benefits. Including:

  • help with relaxation and reducing stress, making it easier to unwind
  • improving sleep quality, aiding those with insomnia
  • staying focused and alert, which can be great for studying or work.

They might even make you feel more positive and uplift your mood.

While not a replacement for medical care, binaural beats may offer some comfort to those dealing with pain or undergoing medical procedures. Keep in mind, though, that how effective they are can differ from person to person.

Are there any scientific studies supporting the effectiveness of binaural beats?

The latest meta-analysis of binaural beat research concluded that results “appear to be largely inconclusive”. This is due to the fact that many experiments were measuring different effects, which made it difficult to compare results.

However, some scientific studies have indicated potential benefits of binaural beats, including:

  1. Stress Reduction: Research has suggested that binaural beats in the theta range can help reduce anxiety and promote relaxation
  2. Enhanced Cognitive Function: Binaural beats in the beta range may improve cognitive functions like memory, attention, and problem-solving, potentially aiding in tasks that require focus and concentration
  3. Mood Regulation: Certain binaural beat frequencies have been associated with mood enhancement, potentially assisting individuals in achieving a more positive emotional state
  4. Pain Management: While not a replacement for medical treatments, binaural beats have been explored as complementary tools for pain management, helping individuals cope with anxiety & discomfort during medical procedures

It’s important to note that the effectiveness of binaural beats can vary among individuals, and more research is needed to fully understand their potential benefits.

While scientific evidence supports some advantages, binaural beats should be used in conjunction with other therapeutic approaches and not as a standalone solution for complex health issues.

Are binaural beats safe to use?

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Binaural beats are a form of auditory entrainment. Which means they influence brain activity when heard in headphones.

There is clear evidence that visual entrainment can increase the likelihood of seizures in people with photosensitive epilepsy. For example strobe lights. Audio-visual entrainment can also increase the likelihood of seizures.

However, there is no clear evidence that auditory entrainment alone such as binaural beats can cause seizures.

One study found that audio entrainment is much weaker than visual entrainment. Therefore, it is suggested that binaural beats are safe even for people with epilepsy.

There is also some clinical evidence that meditones lower seizure activity.

However, if you have a history of seizures and are concerned, please speak with your doctor before using binaural beats.

How Restful meditones are different to binaural beats

At Restful, we combine binaural beats with contemporary ambient music, to create meditones. Because they’re tones that give you the benefits of deep meditation without any of the effort.

And while the jury may be out about the effectiveness of binaural beats? Many different benefits of music have been scientifically proven over the years.

  1. Stress Relief: Listening to music activates the parasympathetic nervous system and reduces the stress response
  2. Increased focus: Research has found that complex music enhanced the performance of simple tasks
  3. Assisting ADHD: Having music on in the background can help you focus better, even if you have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  4. Pain relief: Various studies have shown music may help relieve both acute pain and chronic pain

Combining binaural beats with soothing music makes meditones the perfect tool for feeling calm & restful. Anytime, anywhere.

What is the best way to incorporate binaural beats or meditones into my daily routine?

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Binaural beats can be used any time of the day when you want to feel calm and refreshed. However, some binaural beats are better than others for certain uses.


Theta and Delta binaural beats can help reduce insomnia because they mimic the natural sleep waves your brain produces.

You can listen while you’re lying in bed, either

  • before you go to sleep, or
  • to return to sleep if you wake in the middle of the night.

Stress & Anxiety

You could listen to Theta and Delta binaural beats when you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed. These can help slow down your brain waves, soothe your nervous system and calm your mind.

You can listen:

  • during the day instead of a nap
  • after work or a stressful day
  • in the evening to wind down before bed

Calm Focus

Alpha brain waves help you feel relaxed without getting too sleepy. They are naturally dominant when you’re daydreaming or practicing mindfulness.

You can listen while:

  • Lying in bed, eyes open, to help you wake up fresh & calm
  • Sitting up for a focused meditation
  • On a morning walk
  • Sitting on public transport to help calm travel anxiety


Binaural beats offer potential benefits, but their effectiveness varies among individuals, and more research is needed.

Instead, we recommend using meditones for a more powerful effect. By combining binaural beats and soothing music you can achieve greater calm and restfulness.

Access a growing library of meditones with the Restful app. Download for free today on Google Play or the App Store.

Any health information is provided for general informational and educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on our Site. Any use of meditones is always at your own risk.