RJ Brudenell (azoth) wrote,
RJ Brudenell

Binaural Beats

It calls itself The World's First Digital Drug and it comes in the form of a binaural beat. The gentle tones claim to be capable of:

- Boosting your mood, increased happiness
- Alert yet relaxed state of mind
- Inebriated feeling, without the alcohol or headache!
- Rocketing your visualization skills
- Increased confidence, getting rid of inhibitors

Naturally, I was intrigued enough to give it a try and I thought I'd take a moment to share my experience.

The first time I used the CD I didn't really experience anything tangible; although later that night I fell asleep a lot easier than usual. Whether this was connected to the binaural beats remains unknown. On the the second session, which I went in to with a headache, I found myself feeling a lot calmer and within ten or fifteen minutes I reached a stage of relaxation similar to that of self-hypnosis. After the session was over I felt dozy and within five minutes I'd fallen to sleep.

As I've expressed in previous entries I'm rather prone to lucid dreaming. This short nap turned into one of those times. I was aware that I was sleeping in my bed and began to dream that I was getting out of bed and making my way downstairs. However, as I reached the head of the stairs there was a sensation of falling and I found myself once more laying in my bed. It was a disorienting experience and not a particularly pleasant one. This cycle repeated some thirty or forty times before I was finally able to snap myself awake.

Upon waking I felt ill. My headache had died, for which I was pretty thankful, but the feeling of nausea and disorientation was overwhelming. This sensation lasted for about an hour after waking.

The third, and possibly final, session ended a few minutes ago. After five minutes of listening I began to experience the sense of nausea I've previously described. My body also began to feel as though I'd not slept in a long time; my limbs feeling weak and my eyes aching. I was tempted to stop at this point but decided to carry on out of curiosity. The sensation of sleep deprivation persisted but I also began to feel a lot calmer with a mild numbness in the front of my head. That was the sum total of the experience.

I'm not quite sure what to make of my Digital Drug experience. It certainly had an effect on my mind and body, but I'm not sure that I could say it was a positive one. The products claims of increasing happiness and confidence weren't evident at all, and as for making me alert, I'd have to say that it did the exact opposite.

I'm a sucker for this kind of thing though. The idea of binaural beats has intrigued me for a long time and so I was more than willing to give it a go. I'm really not sure what to make of it, and I'm uncertain as to whether or not I'll continue to experiment with it. I must admit that I was happy to 'treat' my headache without resorting to painkillers but the nausea was worrying.

Perhaps, as the product claims, continued use will yield happier results? Although at this point in time I'm not convinced.
Tags: binaural beats, digital drug

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