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    Explaining Binaural Beat Frequencies:
    EEG and the brain's state
    EEG (Electroencephalography) technology is used to measure brain's electrical vibrations

    from the surface of the scalp. The resulting EEG pattern will contain frequency elements

    mainly below 30Hz. The frequencies are categorized into four states as follows:

    State
    Frequency range
    State of mind

    Delta
    0.5Hz - 4Hz
    Deep sleep

    Theta
    4Hz - 8Hz
    Drowsiness (also first stage of sleep)

    Alpha
    8Hz - 14Hz
    Relaxed but alert

    Beta
    14Hz - 30Hz
    Highly alert and focused

    The dominant frequency in the EEG pattern determines what shall be called the current

    state of the brain. If the amplitude of the alpha range frequencies is highest, then the

    brain is said to be in the alpha stage. Note, that other frequencies still exist and it

    is impossible to give any "exact frequency your brain is operating on". However, later

    references to the brain states use the simplification of assuming that such a single

    frequency exists.

    Entraining the brain to a desired state
    If external stimulus is applied to the brain, it becomes possible to entrain the brain

    frequency from one stage to another. For example, if a person is in beta stage (highly

    alert) and a stimulus of 10Hz is applied to his/her brain for some time, the brain

    frequency is likely to change towards the applied stimulus. The effect will be relaxing

    to the person. This phenomenon is also called frequency following response.
    When the brain's state is close to the applied stimulus, entrainment works more

    efficiently. Thus, when doing a sweep from one frequency to another, the starting

    frequency should be as close to your current brain state as possible. The sweep speed

    should be such that your brain's state changes steadily with it, so that the difference

    never gets very large. In practice, it is difficult to determine your brain state

    without extra equipment (like EEG devices). However, you can quite safely assume that

    during the day your brain is in the beta stage (about 20Hz) and you can start the sweep

    from there. If you are already somewhat relaxed, you can use a start frequency of 15Hz

    or a few Hz lower.

    Stimulating the brain with binaural beat frequencies
    The easiest way of applying stimulus to the brain is via ears. Other senses could be

    used as well, and vision is actually used quite often (often in addition to hearing).

    However, humans cannot hear sounds low enough to be useful for brain stimulation, so

    special techniques must be used. One such special technique used is called binaural

    beats.
    If the left ear is presented with a steady tone of 500Hz and the right ear a steady tone

    of 510Hz, these two tones combine in the brain. The difference, 10Hz, is perceived by

    the brain and is a very effective stimulus for brainwave entrainment. This 10Hz is

    formed entirely by the brain. When using stereo headphones, the left and right sounds do

    not mix together until in your brain. The frequency difference, when perceived by brain

    this way, is called a binaural beat.

    The effect of the audible frequencies used
    To get a stimulus of 10Hz, you may use tones of 500Hz and 510Hz, or 400Hz and 410Hz, or

    800Hz and 810Hz, or so on. The only requirements are that the tone is heard well enough

    and that it is below about 1000Hz. Below 1000Hz, the wavelength of the skull is

    sufficiently small so that the sound waves curve around it.

    Reducing sleep needs
    Some people have found that half an hour a day of the Theta stage can replace up to 4

    hours of sleep.
    Treatment of certain mental diseases
    Brainwave entrainment is used in treatment of depression, low self-esteem, attention

    deficit disorder, drug and alcohol addiction and autism, to name a few.
    Brainwave entrainment has also been found helpful in alleviating headaches and

    migraines.

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