How To Use Binaural Beats PROPERLY: 5+ Powerful Tips




Binaural beats have been around for a while and there’s a LOT they can do. They have the ability to move your brainwaves into different states and frequencies, just by listening to them!

This means you can shift your brainwave state into a FOCUSED stage, a sleepy state, dreaming etc and anything else. You can decide how to influence your brainwave state and optimise your brain functions.

Brainwave entrainment

It’s all very exciting stuff, but there are a lot of things people get wrong when they start using binaural beats. 

In this article I’m going to essentially break down what most people get wrong, and exactly HOW you can listen to binaural beats to get the MOST benefits. We want to get the most benefits, and listen to them in the BEST way so that it actually makes a difference to us.

You’d be amazed at how many people invest their money into buying some nice headphones and binaural beats, and then just don’t know how to use them properly.

We’re going to break down the key skills and tips for using binaural beats BETTER and smarter. But first, let’s just start at the beginning, and don’t worry we’ll get onto the good stuff VERY soon. 

What are binaural beats

This is more for those of you who don’t know what they are, so if you already know just scroll down. I know you guys LOVE to skim read and that’s cool.

So binaural beats are special audio tones that you can play through headphones, that INFLUENCE and change your brainwave states.

Depending on the type of binaural beat and the ‘frequency’, you can stimulate your brain to move into different brainwave STATES. 

Our brains operate in different states and modes, for example your brainwave state when you’re sleeping is very different to the state of being awake, focusing or engaging in physical activity. And these brainwave states make it easier to do the thing your brain is trying to do.

So binaural beats let you CHOOSE which brainwave state you want to be in!

They let you say ‘Right, NOW I want to focus and study, so I need my brainwave state to be a focused state’. And you can listen to specific audio tones that MAKE your brain go into that state.

It’s pretty smart, but here’s how it works:

How do they work?

Binaural beats work much like a tuning fork. 

When you hit a tuning fork, it resonates or vibrates at a certain frequency, and if you hold it next to ANOTHER tuning fork, eventually they’ll both vibrate at the same frequency. 

This is because the soundwaves travel through the air and create the same vibrations in the other tuning fork. So binaural beats are like that tuning fork. By resonating at a certain frequency, over time it guides your brain to resonate at the same frequency.

The way it does this, is by causing the brain to create a ‘ghost frequency’.

How binaural beats work

When you play binaural beats through stereo headphones, what’s actually happening is TWO different tones are played one in each ear. They’re slightly different from eachother, and because the difference is so small, the brain gets confused and ends up just trying to hear them as both being the SAME tone.

By doing this, the brain has to engage power and energy, and as a result it becomes tuned to the DIFFERENCE between the tones, or the frequency. This takes anywhere from ten minutes to an hour, and it can have profound effects on the function of the brain during that time.

It’s an incredible tool to have in your toolbox and you can read about the MANY benefits of binaural beats along with studies showing the proof and research behind it. It’s normal to be unsure or skeptical about this sort of thing, so go and check out the studies and then come back here!

What you NEED

There are a few things you’re going to NEED in order to make the most of your binaural beats experience. This comes from a lot of experience, so here goes:

  • GOOD headphones that ideally can cancel outside noise. I’ve found that these small wireless headphones from Amazon are great, but if you’re after something that’s good for sleeping, try Sleep Phones (They’re super comfortable for wearing WHILE you’re sleeping)
  • GOOD binaural beats: This is important too, and the quality of binaural beats varies MASSIVELY. I’ve found the best ones and researched them/compared them in my post about the best binaural beats.
  • Patience: It’s important to not be annoyed if you don’t instantly get the result you’re looking for. Most of the time you just need to tweak things like the volume, time you’re listening to them and the track you’re trying.

5 tips for using binaural beats for maximum effectiveness

There are a few things you’ll want to make sure you do when listening to binaural beats. They’re not in any particular order, so take your time and have a look at these tips.. 

1: Choosing the right packages

Because there are SO many binaural beats packages and companies out there, it’s very hard to know which ones work and which ones don’t. In fact it’s easy to make your own (although unless you know what you’re doing, they won’t work).

So you can imagine how many people are just creating them for the fun of it and trying to sell them. You have to trust reviews and more than anything else, do your research. Google search for reviews of the specific binaural beats companies you’re looking at, and then make a decision.

There are lots of big names however, that have been around for a while which are legit and have lots of reviews behind them. The most common/popular ones are: 

  1. Binaural Beats Meditation (or read our review of them)
  2. Ennora (Or read our review)
  3. Iawake Technologies
  4. Unexplainable store (read our review of them here)
  5. Holosync (Or read our review!)
  6. HemiSync binaural beats

2: Listening at the right times

There’s no PERFECT time to listen to binaural beats.. 

However, it really depends on which track you’re listening to, and also what you want to do. Let’s say you want to focus or study with binaural beats..

For that, the best time to listen to them is literally AT THE TIME you’re trying to study. Pretty obvious right? And in the same way if you want to lucid dream with binaural beats, the best time to listen to them is WHILE you’re trying to lucid dream.

So think about what you’re trying to do, and listen to the binaural beats that support that brainwave state WHILE you’re trying to do it. It sounds pretty simple but I just needed to clear it up to be extra sure.

3: Getting into the right position

This is mainly for those of you using binaural beats in the day time. 

It’s important to sit straight, but also to be comfortable. If you’re not comfortable then your discomfort is going to distract you from the effects of the beats, and it’s not really worth doing in that case.

Make sure you’re sitting straight and comfortable and you’re able to do whatever it is you’re trying to do. For example, let’s say you’re trying to focus on something and you’re listening to Alpha wave binaural beats.

Make sure you’re sitting comfortably and your headphones are on properly, and then just get to work. Make sure you’re able to move around properly and access your desk etc.

In fact, I almost always listen to Alpha waves when I’m trying to study or focus on something and I find the best hack for this is just to get a GOOD set of wireless headphones. You’re going to want to be able to move around without worrying about a wire, so get a set of wireless headphones!

I use these, but you can probably find lots of good sets of headphones online or on Amazon. Make sure you’re only looking at STEREO headphones! They only work if you listen to them through stereo headphones. 

4: Choose GOOD headphones

I can’t stress enough how important it is to get a good set of headphones. Now, depending on what you’re going to be using the binaural beats for, you’ll want to consider different types of headphones.

I use binaural beats to fall asleep faster sometimes, or to support lucid dreaming and for those cases, I’ll use my sleep headphones from Sleep Phones. There are actually lots of different types of sleep headphones though, so check out our list of the best headphones for sleeping in

If you’re just listening to them in the day time then it doesn’t matter what headphones you use, as long as the quality is good, the bass is strong and they’re stereo. Ideally you want noise cancelling or wireless as well.

5: The perfect volume

When you’re listening, you want the volume to match what you’re doing. You NEVER want to listen to them too loud! 

They can damage your ears like any loud noise, and because you’re going to be listening to them for long periods of time, it’s important to not have them too loud.

Also because they’re often a repetitive tone or sound it’s easy to get used to a certain volume without really realising how loud it is, so make sure right at the START you set the volume at a good level.

Make sure you can hear the pulsing vibration of the beat, and then leave it at that. Don’t worry, they’re going to work still! I can’t stress enough how important it is to not ruin your hearing by playing them (or anything) too loud.

Being deaf is no joke, and to be honest you don’t really need to play it that loud. You’ll get the effects and benefits even playing them at a fairly low volume so rock back the volume a little bit. 

How to use binaural beats for studying

For studying, there are a few things you can do with binaural beats.

Firstly, make sure you’re listening to the right frequency track! For studying and focus you want to be using the following frequencies: 

  • Beta
  • Alpha

But experiment with it and see what you can find! The other frequencies make your brainwaves slower and longer, meaning you’re less able to focus and concentrate on high level thinking tasks.

I find it helps for studying to have a track that also has ambient noises or even nature sounds as well, as it brings a sense of calm focus to me that is much less INTENSE than just a pulsing sound over and over again.

How to use binaural beats for sleeping

For sleeping, of course you’re going to need to listen through sleep headphones.

Don’t use pillow speakers because they’re not stereo, and although they’re great for ambient background noises, bianurals won’t work unless it’s played through stereo.

The best frequencies for sleeping, dreaming and lucid dreaming are: 

  • Delta
  • Theta

Those are the best frequencies to listen to if you’re trying to sleep and dream. You can experiment with this though because some people find they can use binaural beats to do things they’re not designed to do as well!

How to use binaural beats to lucid dream

For lucid dreaming, I find the best frequencies are the same as the sleeping, but I lean more towards Theta brainwaves for lucid dreaming.. and Gamma but mainly Theta. This is because Theta brainwaves are the state you’re in during REM sleep so they’re good to listen to to get INTO REM sleep, during a wake back to bed induction of lucid dreams.

But as with anything relating to lucid dreaming, PLEASE don’t rely on one thing like a binaural beats track or a supplement, because they won’t do much for you unless you can already lucid dream and know how it works!

So try performing a wake back to bed and while you’re doing it, listen to Theta binaural beats! (We have a list below of the best providers and where to find them!)

How to choose binaural beats

A few things. Firstly, before choosing binaural beats try and get some good headphones like we mentioned above. This means you’re already ready to use them and the headphones will last you a long time if you’ve got good quality ones.

Secondly, really think about what you’re trying to do with them, and what effect you want from them! This is important because it influences which provider you go with, and what package.

Also, make sure you’re thinking carefully about the quality of the binaural beats. There are LOTS of free binaural beats on YouTube but most of them don’t work, or at least don’t work anywhere NEAR as well as the paid versions.

Get a taste for them on YouTube by all means, but don’t rely on them. If you want the real thing, check out the suppliers we listed below. And if you want to listen to a free binaural beats track for lucid dreaming, watch the video below!

The best binaural beats

There are some very popular binaural beats you might want to consider. I’ve listed the most common ones here, you can either go to their website in a new tab, or read my review of them if I’ve written one: 

  1. Binaural Beats Meditation (or read our review of them)
  2. Ennora (Or read our review)
  3. Iawake Technologies
  4. Unexplainable store (read our review of them here)
  5. Holosync (Or read our review!)
  6. HemiSync binaural beats
  7. BlissCoded Sound (or read our review of them)
  8. MP3 meditation club
  9. Deep zen meditation

More about binaural beats

I’ve written a few guides on how to use these, and how they can benefit you: 

Learn how to use binaural beats

If you want to learn more about how to use binaural beats to do incredible things, watch this short video I made. You’ll learn how you can use them more effectively, how to KNOW if the binaural beats you’re using are real or fake, and how to DOUBLE their effectiveness.