We all wish to remain in desirable states of mind. No one wants to be sad, depressed or anxious.
And while we cannot always maintain good mental states, brain science has shown rewarding ways to get into positive and uplifting states when we want to, thanks to the brainwave entrainment technology.
Isochronic tones are a form of brainwave entrainment that allows us to improve our mental states and have a better experience of life.
Here, we take an in-depth look at isochronic tones.
What Are Isochronic Tones
Isochronic tones are tones that are designed to play sounds similar to pulses or heartbeats. The tones are mainly turned on and off at well spaced, even intervals that create the pulse like sounds.
Isochronic tones are under a form of brain technology known as Brainwave Entrainment that is aimed at helping people improve their mental states using external stimuli.
The stimuli could be sound or light.
If you place your index and middle finger on your wrist when your palm is facing upwards, you will be able to feel your pulse after a few minutes.
The regular beat you feel with your fingers is the same that you hear when you listen to isochronic tones, although the speed comes with varying degrees based on the state you want to get into.
These tones influence your brainwaves and help you shift into new mental states such as the meditative state, calmness, relaxation and wakefulness.
Isochronic tones are among the best brainwave entrainment tones as they can be listened to without the need of headphones.
How Isochronic Tones Work
As earlier mentioned, isochronic tones are under a brain improvement technique called Brainwave Entrainment.
In a nutshell, brainwave entrainment is the usage of external stimuli such as sound or light to influence the brainwaves in our brains that result to a change in the state of mind.
When you use products that have been made using brainwave entrainment, you get to shift your mental state to other states like relaxation, sleep, productivity, creativity, meditative state, happiness and more, depending on what state the product was designed for.
This technique makes use of an ability of the brain known as “Frequency following response”.
It is the ability of the brain to detect frequencies playing from the outside and aligning itself with them. If you observe yourself continuously, you can see this happening in real time.
Many people have this experience when it is raining.
Say you are in your room doing your studies or your office working, and then it starts raining. For a while, you may not notice anything. But soon enough, you might find yourself more focused on your studies or work and being able to maintain the focus for a long time.
The brain senses the frequencies and adapts to them which changes your mental state from low focus to high focus and motivation.
To understand more about brainwave entrainment, how it works and its wide range of benefits, we encourage you to read our beginner’s guide on brainwave entrainment.
Isochronic tones are created in a way that they turn on and off at different frequencies to help induce various states of the mind.
And when you listen to them, the brain wave patterns in your mind change to align themselves with the frequencies playing from the tones.
There are different brainwave patterns such as delta, theta, alpha, beta and gamma that come at different frequencies which are linked to various mental states.
So when you desire to get into a certain state, all you have to do is to listen to isochronic tones that have frequencies known to bring about the desired state.
Benefits of Isochronic Tones
Research and studies on isochronic tones have been very few which raises the concern on how effective they really are. More research is needed to confirm their efficiency as a therapy.
It is believed that using isochronic tones as well as brainwave entrainment products helps you get into mental states that drag along benefits that include:
* Enhancing your mood
* Improving your meditation experience
* Managing pain
* Reducing anxiety and stress
* Increasing your levels of stress
* Improving your quality of sleep
* Enhancing your memory
How to Use Isochronic Tones
To get started with isochronic tones, you first have to get music or programs that are based on isochronic tones. Many of them are created and blended with natural sounds like nature sounds or music instrumentals to make them fun to listen to.
You can get them online through various producers.
It is worth noting that these programs vary in terms of effect from one producer to another based on how they have created them. So it is important to take your time to understand any program before you make a purchase.
You can also get started with free music on YouTube and other free websites that offer these tones and then later on you can get the paid programs when you want to take things to the next level.
Paid programs have the advantage of quality. Since you pay for them, you get to have better quality resources to work with and they have other valuable options to further enhance your experience.
Since there are no set instructions on how you should use isochronic tones, you should follow the instructions given by the producer for better results.
Don’t over use them. Do it with moderation (1).
When you have the option of a short and long version of the program, go for the short version first and then the long one based on your results and as you get comfortable with them.
Also, keep in mind that results with any program vary with the individual.
You may get good results with a certain program and then find that another person you know is not seeing good results, and vice versa.
We have different brain and body chemistry and we all have unique experiences and results with various general products.
So give yourself some time as you use any program and see if it will work for you. If it fails to give you the results you are looking for, you should then consider trying another one from a different producer.
As you use isochronic tones, it is also good practice to create a good environment for them. If you are using them for meditation, be in a meditative mood and environment, if possible. It helps a lot.
Caution When Using Isochronic Tones
Isochronic tones and brainwave entrainment in general need to be approached with caution. They bring good effects but can also cause negative effects too.
First, you need to use every brainwave entrainment resource with moderation. Just like medication, do not overdose.
Follow everything that the producer has given as instructions.
Second, if you are in the following categories, please get an approval from the right physician before using them or avoid using them completely.
1. People who are under 18 years
2. People who have brain injuries
3. People who listen to brainwave programs when driving or operating serious machines
4. People who have epilepsy to avoid seizures
5. People who are prone to seizures
6. People who are wearing a pacemaker
7. People who are photosensitive
8. People who are pregnant
9. People who are under medication or drugs
10. People who have serious mental illnesses
1q. People who are not sure about their health
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) on Isochronic Tones
Question: What is the difference between isochronic tones and monaural beats as well as binaural beats?
Answer: Isochronic tones come in the form of heartbeat like sounds or the sound of a helicopter and can be listened to without headphones. Monaural beats are the tones you hear when two tones of the same frequencies are playing in your ears. They also don’t require the use of headphones. You can listen to them using your speakers.
Binaural beats, on the other hand, come from the new tone created when two tones of different frequencies play in your ears separately. With one tone having a higher frequency than the other one, your brain processes a new tone and aligns itself with it along with the other two tones to change the state of your mind. Binaural beats require you to use headphones or earphones.
Question: How is it that brainwave entrainment products can help you sleep and remain alert? Isn’t that contradictory?
Answer: In brainwave entrainment, there are brain wave patterns created when you hear tones of different frequencies. These patterns indicate different mental states. When you listen to high frequency tones, brain wave patterns are created for the states that come with high levels of arousal and when you listen to low frequency tones, you get low levels of arousal (2).
Here are the brain wave patterns created by brainwave entrainment, their frequencies and the states they represent:
1. Gamma brain wave pattern (frequency of between 30 Hertz to 50 Hertz) – It is linked to productivity, sharp focus and concentration.
2. Beta brain wave pattern (frequency of between 14 Hertz to 30 Hertz) – It is linked to states of alertness, focus and concentration.
3. Alpha brain wave pattern (frequency of between 8 Hertz to 14 Hertz) – It is linked to states of relaxation, calmness and wakefulness (light meditative state).
4. Theta brain wave pattern (frequency of between 4 Hertz to 7 Hertz) – It is linked to states of relaxation, meditation, creativity and light sleep.
5. Delta brain wave pattern (frequency of less than 4 Hertz) – It is linked to relaxation and deep sleep.
Ideally, isochronic tones are a reliable way to help us improve the state of our minds when we feel weighed down.
When used properly, they can go a long way in your life in helping you meditate, relax, reduce tension and sleep, to name a few, with much more ease.
We encourage you to give them a try if you feel they could be a good fit for you.