Binaural beats are regularly used for the induction of lucid dreaming - but do they work? Check out our latest Bite Size video to find out more...
Prefer to read? Video transcript below: Binaural Beats for Lucid Dreaming If you've spent any time in lucid dreaming forums, you'll have almost certainly come across the term "binaural beats".
A binaural beat is created by playing a different tone in each ear, and the interference pattern between the slightly differing frequencies creates the illusion of a beat.
The theory is that binaural beats will cause what is known as "entrainment", where the frequency of the beat, which mimics certain desirable brainwaves, will cause the brain to enter that desired state.
In other words, if you listen to a sound that is the same pattern as a certain brainwave, your brain will be fooled into duplicating it.
Binaural beats are a big industry and you can easily find all manner of unrealistic claims and hype - including the misinformation that they can induce lucid dreams.
Sadly, the science behind them is incredibly weak, with most studies demonstrating that they are little more than placebo and no more effective than listening to music.
So the next time you seen an advert for lucid dreaming binaural beats - don't waste your time or money - instead stay lucid and invest your effort into genuine lucid dream practice.