Melatonin is a hormone that plays a key role in sleep. Our bodies make it naturally but there are ways of stimulating its production. This can be done through diet with foods like nuts, but it can also be done with music and sound. 

According to a study conducted in 1999 by Adarsh M. Kumar and published in “Alternative therapies in health and medicine”, stimulation via the sense of hearing can lead to higher levels of melatonin in the body. This not only contributes to better, more restful sleep, it also contributes to a general state of calmness and relaxed mood. 

SonicTonic is based on methods found in music therapy, so come enjoy our specially composed “sleep series” and improve your sleep by boosting melatonin and reducing stress. 

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French version below:

Le miracle de la mélatonine  French Version

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According to the World Health Organisation, burnout is on the rise. We all know someone who has suffered from burnout at some point in their lives. And many of us may have experienced it ourselves. If you or someone you know is showing signs of burnout, then SonicTonic can help, here’s how.

In today’s world it’s so easy to be online 24/7, checking emails at all hours of the day, and night. But this has real consequences, one of those being burnout. It should come as no surprise then, that burnout is a growing problem in today’s workplace. Not only does it have a big impact on organisational costs but the biggest costs are those we pay with our health and well-being.

Burnout is now an “occupational phenomenon”

The annual cost of burnout to the global economy is estimated to be $323.4 billion, leading the World Health Organization to predict a global pandemic within a decade. With burnout affecting a record number of us, burnout was recently re-labelled as an “occupational phenomenon” in the WHO’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD) which is widely used as a benchmark for diagnosis and health insurers.

According to the WHO, “burnout is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” This means that companies now have to make systematic changes and implement wellbeing programs to manage workplace stress.

How do I know if I’m suffering from burnout?

We all have phases in our lives when things become too much for us. Whilst we might have some good coping mechanisms stress can become all-consuming, leading us to burn out.

According to the WHO, there are three main dimensions of burnout:

  • feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion
  • increased mental distance from one’s job, negative feelings or cynicism related to one’s job
  • reduced work performance.

If you think you might be suffering from burn out then it’s likely that you feel a sense of emotional exhaustion or indifference, and have started to treat your colleagues, clients or patients in a detached or dehumanized way. You might also feel yourself becoming distant and losing all excitement or passion for your job, whilst becoming cynical, less effective, and less and less concerned about your own personal achievements.

If this is the case, then ask yourself the following questions:

  1. has anyone close to you asked you to cut down on your work?
  2. in recent months have you become consistently angry or resentful about your work or about colleagues, clients or patients?
  3. do you feel guilty that you are not spending enough time with your friends, family or even yourself?
  4. do you find yourself becoming increasingly emotional, for example crying, getting angry, shouting, or feeling tense for no obvious reason.

If you answered yes to one or more of these, then it might be time to talk to your employer. Since it’s now their responsibility to manage workplace stress, make sure to tell them what you need and how they can help you to manage your workload.

What can I do to alleviate the stress that leads to burnout?

Aside from talking to your employer about the changes that they can make in the office, you can also build up your resilience to stress by learning to switch off. Make sure to set boundaries for your work, and think more about what you’ll do in your free time too, as these will help you to maintain your work-life balance.

You should also think about the way that you perceive stress. If you constantly think about how much you have to do and perceive yourself as having an overwhelming amount of stress, then this will inevitably lead you to feel like you can’t cope. Try to be kind to yourself and remember that you can’t always do everything perfectly all the time, and hand some things over to others, if you can.

How SonicTonic can help

You can also use SonicTonic regularly to manage your stress levels. This is because SonicTonic administers effective Receptive Sound Therapy through music, sound and spoken word that can help you to relax, sleep better and focus more.

SonicTonic uses 5 special ingredients in its tonics, these are: binaural beats, Isochronic tones, Solfeggio frequencies, ASMR, autosuggestion and music. Each blend has been carefully crafted to help reduce stress, improve sleep and ease psychological problems.

The Receptive Sound Therapy used in SonicTonic uses Brainwave Entrainment, that can influence your state of mind and help you to switch off unwanted thoughts and feelings, combined with autosuggestion which can help you to overcome feelings of panic or anxiety.

Why not take some of our De-Stress tonics today? Simply download the app on your Android or IOS device, plug in your headphones, relax and unwind. Unlike meditation apps, there’s nothing to learn, all you need is the app and your headphones.

Disclaimer: Whilst the Receptive Sound Therapy methods used in SonicTonic have provided many people with a tool to control, reduce and even eliminate mind-based problems, SonicTonic does not claim to be a legally approved medical intervention or a replacement for a therapy or medication. If you’re suffering from burnout, make sure to get the professional help you need.

 

 

 

Sound therapy – “Music is for the soul”. The truth of these words has now been proven by the sound therapies.

The scientists are amazed at the discovery of some soothing sounds in our nature. Especially nowadays, when we are struggling with a lot of stress, this discovery is gaining more importance than ever. They found that slow melodies help reduce stress and anxiety. While fast songs can increase concentration and attention, the result on slow songs looks different. In sound therapy, body and mind find relaxation with slow rhythmic songs / sounds. This can be made possible by a piece of music or a special composition of natural sounds.

That stress physically and mentally puts a burden on us is known to anyone. But what exactly happens in our brain? Why is it harmful to be exposed to stress?

Chronic stress increases the stress hormone cortisol and affects many brain functions. The result is mood swings, forgetfulness and other mental issues. When the brain is stressed for an extended period of time, it signals the adrenaline to release adrenaline through the spinal cord. This process then triggers an increase in blood sugar, increases heart rate and blood pressure. Stress also causes the brain to influence the production of the stress hormone cortisol. So stress tells our body to release pressurized stress hormones like epinephrine, norepinephrine and cortisol. Excess cortisol can also cause a number of physical health problems such as weight gain, osteoporosis, irritability, restlessness, fatigue, digestive problems, hormonal imbalances, cancer, tension headaches and migraines, heart disease and diabetes.

In short, stress weakens our immune system and favours the penetration of possible diseases into our life’s nervous system.

So, to combat this health threat that affects the lives of millions of people, sound therapy is recommended as a natural way of calming our nerves and brains.

Cognitive scientists and researchers in music therapy are of the opinion that slower musical beats (rhythms) have the ability to alter the speed of the brain wave, inducing meditative or hypnotic state. According to them, this is probably the reason why so many cultures and religious services make ceremonial music an important part of important rituals. The same is true with some exercise patterns like yoga. Sound healers also say that listening to percussive instruments such as gongs, Tibetan singing bowls and tuning forks destroys stress and possesses the ability to put the listener in a meditative state.

Many sound therapists have discovered some powerful, slow songs like “Someone Like You” by Adele, “Watermark” by Enya and “Weightless” by Marconi Union. The last one was praised especially by clay therapists. The piece was put together in collaboration with sound therapists. It has carefully arranged harmonies, rhythms and bass lines that help to slow a listener’s heart rate, lower blood pressure and lower the stress hormone cortisol.

source: Online Nigeria 

 

Listening to music you enjoy decreases levels of the stress hormone cortisol in your body, which counteracts the effects of chronic stress.

Stress is something we all experience at times. It can help us when we are in danger, preparing the body for facing every type of demand or danger by aiming all functions at survival. Long-term stress on the other hand, caused at work or during unusual stages of life, can lead to serious mental and physical diseases and should not be ignored or downplayed. This kind of Stress Level is constantly increasing these days and more than 80% of Employees suffer from it. For preventing and healing Stress it is important to take time for relaxation and breathing. SonicTonic developed a method, that reduces stress receptively, trough sound therapy in short sections. They help the body to calm instantly and prevent short-term stress from turning into long-term stress.

Source: DAK Gesundheitsbericht 2010, psyGA Praxisordner, Apotheken Umschau, www.muenchener-institut.de, www.raus-aus-dem-stress.com, powered by www.dkv.com, www.lavita.de, gesundheit-daten-fakten.de