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Receptive Sound Therapy | The Neurological and the Psychological Aspects.

Receptive Sound Therapy has not only been proven to reduce stress, improve sleep and help with uncomfortable psychological problems; There are studies that show that it can improve concentration, boost motivation and increase energy. There are two aspects to Receptive Sound Therapy: The Neurological and the Psychological.

The Neurological Aspect: Brainwave Entrainment

Brainwave patterns are directly related to our everyday lives. For example, monitoring a person’s brainwave pattern will determine if the person is tired, full of energy, or focused. It is equally interesting for people with depression, anxiety and a host of other disorders. Brainwave Entrainment is able to effectively and accurately influence brainwave patterns. By changing and optimising specific frequencies, a huge range of problems can be dramatically reduced or eliminated. For example, memory, concentration, and mental speed can be increased enormously by brainwave stimulation. Sleep and deep stages of meditation can be initiated, headaches can be reduced. Brainwave Entrainment can even promote the release of helpful chemicals such as growth hormone and serotonin.

The Psychological Aspect: Suggestions, Visualisations and Hypnosis

For problems that can not be solved by Brainwave Entrainment alone, there are a number of other proven sound-based psychological techniques that can be used. Suggestions (affirmations) and visualisation techniques are available to overcome anxiety, quit smoking, lose weight, boost self-esteem, performance and motivation – and much more. Hypnosis, for example, is a well-known psychological technique. The task of the hypnotist is primarily to relax the patient to bring his mind into a receptive state (the so-called hypnotic trance). The hypnotist uses a series of suggestions. These are sentences or commands , such as, “You are self-confident and self-determined!. When your mind is in a receptive state, suggestions and other psychological techniques (such as visualisations) can have a quick and dramatic effect on your thinking, behaviour and emotional state. There are excellent recorded audio programs available that combine professional hypnosis scripts with powerful brainwave entrainment techniques that bring the user’s brainwave patterns quickly into an optimal receptive state.

Extensively researched and used for over 70 years.

In 1998, Dr. David Trudeau used 18 Hz frequencies for the treatment of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and documented very positive results on the  reduction of depression and impulsivity. The patients reported increased energy and improved sleep. Michael Hutchison also mentions this frequency in his book “MegaBrain” for the purpose of increasing energy and motivation. A similar result was achieved by Dr. Cary Howard in his study in 1986, where 12 students had significantly reduced symptoms fatigue at the end of a seven-week course.

The techniques used in Receptive Sound Therapy have been created to bring about quick and long-lasting positive changes. They address two main categories, the psychological and neurological aspects. Mental problems will often require a combination of these two approaches. Depression, for example, can be treated most effectively by increasing the release of neurotransmitters in the brain, such as serotonin. And this is not a new technology; in fact, it has been extensively researched and used for over 70 years.

 

Further Reading

Frederick, J. A., Lubar, J. F., Rasey, H. W., Brim, S. A., & Blackburn, J. (1999). Effects of 18.5 Hz auditory and visual stimulation on EEG amplitude at the vertex. Journal of Neurotherapy, 3(3-4), 23-28.

Gontkovsky, S. T., & Montgomery, D. D. (1999, June). The physiological response to” beta sweep” entrainment. In APPLIED PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY AND BIOFEEDBACK (Vol. 24, No. 2, pp. 133-133).

Hammond, D. C. (2001). Treatment of chronic fatigue with neurofeedback and self-hypnosis. NeuroRehabilitation, 16(4), 295-300.

Howard CE, Graham LE, 2nd, Wycoff SJ. A comparison of methods for reducing stress among dental students. J Dent Educ. 1986;50(9):542-544

Hutchison, M. (1986). Megabrain: New tools and techniques for brain growth and mind expansion. New York: Beech Tree Books.

Trudeu, D. (1999). A trial of 18 Hz Audio-Visual Stimulation (AVS) on Attention and Concentration in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Presented at the Society for Neuronal Regulation.

Neuro Programmer 3. Technologie. https://goo.gl/PrTevH . Zugriff am 15.03.2018

The Noise That Will Help You Sleep Better

In a study at China’s Peking University, an impressive 75% of study participants reported more restful sleep when exposed to pink noise.
It was discovered that it regulates your brain waves, which is a hallmark of super-restful sleep. A pink noise programme is available for free in the SonicTonic app. Get it here.
Read the full article here.
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Music is one of the best methods to fall asleep

Sleep physician Prof. Jürgen Zulley: „Music is monotonous stimulation. And with that you sleep better. I think music is one of the best methods to fall asleep.“

Germany´s most known sleep physician Jürgen Zulley calls music the number one medicine for sleeping disorders. He recommends listening to quite and calming music while its necessary to focus on the sound. He says, that the monotone stimulation is prerequisite for falling asleep and important for it, to be restful. We created different Tonics that trigger these monotonous stimulations and help you with getting a good night sleep.

Source: Interview with sleep physician Prof. Jürgen Zulley 

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People are taking more sleep medications

Compared to 2010, almost twice as many employed people today take sleeping medications

According to the DAK Healthreport 2017, more than twice as many employees take sleeping medication than in 2010. These can negatively affect your health though, causing headaches, sickness or metabolic disturbances. Also, they change the sleep cycles by eliminating the R.E.M. sleep (Rapid Eye Movement), the dream phase, which is extremely important for a mental balance and relaxation.

 

Source:  DAK Healthreport 2017, Focus Magazin

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One in ten workers suffers from insomnia

One in ten workers suffers from particularly severe sleep disorders, so-called insomnia. That’s 60 percent more than in 2010.

 

The DAK health report 2017 shows that a shockingly high number of 80% of the 18 to 65 year olds says they struggle with falling asleep or sleeping through the night. Especially insomnia, particularly severe sleep disturbances, concerns every tenth employee and can also entail declining concentration and reduced mental performance.

 

Source: DAK Healthreport 2017

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Sleep disorders can have long-term psychological and physical consequences

“Sleep disorders can have long-term psychological and physical consequences like depression and confusion of breathing, heartbeat, hormones and other functions.”

 

Studies have shown that a growing number of people suffers from sleep disturbances, which can severely affect their health in terms of muscle tension, body temperature, metabolism and other functions. According to a study conducted by the University of Warwick and the University College London with 4600 men and women, especially for women the risk of a heart attack increases with a lack of sleep.

 

Source: Apotheken Umschau