Can binaural beats help in lucid dreaming?
The human brain has this great ability to create wonderful and sometimes mysterious realities both when we are awake through hallucination and imaginations and when we are asleep in forms of dreams.
We have very little control over our dreams, we go to sleep and we dream.
Sometimes dreams are so good that you don’t want to wake up and sometimes they turn into nightmares and you are relieved when you wake up and find out that it was just a dream. But what if you could control what you dream about?
There are many techniques and methods that are presented to people as a way to induce lucid dreaming.
While there are many techniques that can help you in lucid dreaming many of them will prove to be completely ineffective and can be very frustrating for those looking forward to this experience.
Binaural beats are considered one of the most effective ways of experiencing lucid dreaming by those that use them.
To understand how binaural beats and lucid dreaming work you need to know what lucid dreaming is and how one gets to experience lucid dreaming.
What is Lucid Dreaming
Have you ever had a dream but realized that it was just a dream even though you were still sleeping.
Naturally, no matter how sensational or unrealistic a dream is, you don’t realize that you are dreaming until you wake up.
In fact dreams appear so real to us that sometimes they provoke extreme reactions like screaming or even falling from our beds.
Some people even wake up crying after they have had a bad dream.
When people experience lucid dreams as opposed to natural dreams they are quite aware that they are dreaming despite the fact that they are asleep.
The term lucid dream was coined in 1913 by Frederick Van Eaden, a Dutch writer and psychiatrist in his article A study of Dreams.
At the time the scientific community did not embrace the paper.
Although lucid dreams have existed as long as man has existed, they have only generated interest from the general public in the recent past.
Some people even claim or think that lucid dreams are a modern occurrence or part of occult practices, but it is a well known fact that most of us have experienced lucid dreaming or will experience it in the future (although in different levels).
Also, some people will experience lucid dreams more frequently than others.
Lucid dreaming was a common practice in Buddhism among the monastic community where nuns and monks were required to know the four postures and states of being awake and asleep.
In fact there is documented evidence from as early as the eighth century showing that a Tibetan Buddhist performed a form of yoga whose aim was to maintain a waking consciousness while being in the dream state.
Lucid dreaming is experienced in levels.
Some experience it in low levels and others in high levels.
When the lucidity is low you are partially aware that you are dreaming, but the awareness is not enough to have any real impact on your dream.
You also accept some aspects of the dream that may not be normal in the real world and your realization that you are dreaming fades very quickly to a point where you start thinking that the dream is reality, just like you would in a normal dream.
On the other hand when lucidity is high, you are much more aware that you are dreaming and that nothing is real.
Lucid dreams begin in different ways.
They might start as normal dreams but eventually the dreamer may realize that they are dreaming.
One can also get into a state of lucid dreaming through a wake-initiated lucid dream; this normally occurs when one goes from a waking state into the dreaming state without a lapse in self-awareness.
So how do binaural beats help in lucid dreaming?
Binaural beats or tones are apparent sounds that cause the brain to produce specific stimuli.
This effect was discovered by Heinrich Wilhelm Dove in 1839, but it was not until the late twentieth century that it gained some public interest.
Apart from lucid dreaming there have been claims that it can help people stop various kinds of addiction including drug and food.
It has also been said to improve athletic performance and erectile dysfunction.
Binaural beats have different levels.
The different levels of binaural frequencies cause different reactions.
There is a specific frequency that is ideal for lucid dreaming and which help people to be aware when dreaming.
When a person goes to sleep they go through three stages of sleep: the deep sleep stage, the dreaming stage and the conscious stage.
The three stages of sleep are known as the Alpha, Theta and Delta.
These stages of sleep hold the key to lucid dreaming.
The Alpha stage is the relaxation stage while the Theta stage is when one goes into the dream state, finally the Delta is when you are in a dreamless sleep.
When a person goes to sleep they go into Delta then Theta and lastly when they are about to wake up they go into the Alpha state.
Lucid dreaming occurs when we do not reach the full Alpha state, but instead go back into the Theta before we wake up.
This causes our unconscious mind to wake up, but the conscious mind is still asleep.
Binaural beats promote lucid dreaming by making the brain go into a Delta state, then to Theta, and then briefly into an Alpha state before going back into Theta.
Of course binaural beats, or isochronic tones, do not work the same for everyone.
Some people say they help them in lucid dreaming and some say they do not feel anything.
You have to try them out for yourself.
Only in this way will you know how effective they are for you.