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SonicTonic wurde unter mehr als 100 Bewerbern als einer der Finalisten bei der 8. MEDICA App COMPETITION, welche von BayerG4A und Roche Diagnostics unterstützt wird, ausgewählt.

In diesem Wettbewerb geht es darum, den Titel “Weltweit beste Health App Lösung” zu verleihen.

Neben 14 weiteren Finalisten aus der ganzen Welt nehmen wir an einem finalen Pitch am 19.11.2019 auf der MEDICA – der größten internationalen Gesundheitsmesse mit über 5500 Ausstellern und 120000 Besuchern – teil. John Groves, Gründer von SonicTonic und GROVES Sound Branding GmbH, wird dort ab 13 Uhr die App SonicTonic vorstellen und die Jury von unserer digitalen und auditiven Gesundheitslösung überzeugen. 

Für mehr Informationen über die MEDICA App COMPETITION besuchen sie: https://www.innovationworldcup.com/top15-medical-apps-2019/

Die auditive Gesundheits-App SonicTonic ist wieder einmal unterwegs und in diesem November in unserer Hauptstadt Berlin zu finden. Wir dürfen uns in diesem Jahr Partner des vielseitigen Festivals „Eufonia – Sound, Art & Science“ nennen und stehen damit neben weiteren Partnern, wie Ableton, ADAM Audio und Grover auf dem Programm.

Eufonia ist eine Ausstellung von Künstlern, Wissenschaftlern, Psychologen, Designern und Forschern aus der ganzen Welt, die das gemeinsame Medium Sound teilen. Die Teilnehmer werden, an der Schnittstelle von Audio, Kunst und Wissenschaft, die Vergangenheit, die Gegenwart und die Zukunft der Nutzung von Klang in verschiedenen Bereichen des täglichen Lebens erforschen. Dabei werden elementare Fragen gestellt und Schlüsselpersonen, Technologien und Institutionen zur Verfügung gestellt, um diese zu beantworten.
John Groves wird auf dem Festival am 3. November eine Podiumsdiskussion über die Verwendung von Sound in der Gesundheitsfürsorge halten. Sind Sie daran interessiert, dann besuchen Sie die Diskussion in der Veteranenstraße 21, Berlin ab 13:40 Uhr.
Verpassen Sie nicht die Möglichkeit mehr über SonicTonic und ein gesundes Leben zu erfahren und besuchen Sie die Ausstellung am Samstag oder Sonntag.

01. – 03. November 2019 @ ACUD MACH NEU (Veteranenstraße 21, Berlin)

Für Tickets und mehr Informationen besuchen Sie: www.eufonia-festival.com

In diesem September durften wir mit SonicTonic bei dem Gesundheitstag der SECURVITA Krankenkasse teilnehmen, wo wir, neben unserer SonicTonic e-Health App, unser neues Angebot für betriebliches Gesundheitsmanagement präsentieren konnten. Neville Bharucha und Leonie Lietz (siehe Bild) präsentierten am 19. September 2019, mit Hilfe eines schön gestalteten Standes, die SonicTonic-App und nehmen daraus einen spannenden Tag mit vielen neuen Eindrücken und interessanten Gesprächen mit. 


Die SECURVITA

Die SECURVITA Krankenkasse ist eine langjährig etablierte Krankenkasse im deutschen Gesundheitswesen. Sie vereint die klassische Schulmedizin mit der bewährten Naturheilkunde und bietet hervorragende Leistungen im Bereich der Familien-Gesundheit.
Erfahren Sie mehr über die SECURVITA.


Die Messe

Bei einem richtigen Gesundheitstag dreht sich natürlich alles um die Gesundheit – SonicTonic durfte dabei nicht fehlen. Dieses Jahr gab es durch uns  einen ganz neuen Blickwinkel auf ein gesundes Leben und moderne Möglichkeiten, dieses zu erreichen. Als einer der wenigen Vertreter einer digitalen Gesundheitslösung, erhielten wir ein großes Interesse an SonicTonic. Die Besucher konnten die App gleich vor Ort testen und einen ersten Einblick in ihre Wirkung erhalten. Viele spürten bereits nach dem ersten Testen der App eine positive Wirkung und fühlten sich entspannter als zuvor. Außerdem spendeten wir 12 unserer SonicTonic-Player, welche bereits sechs der beliebtesten „Tonics“ von unserer App enthalten, an die interne Tombola.

Somit können wir von diesem Tag Vieles mitnehmen, nicht nur für die kontinuierliche Weiterentwicklung von SonicTonic, sondern auch für das eigene gesunde Leben. 



SonicTonic ist im Bereich des Corporate Health sehr aktiv und bietet Lösungen für Unternehmensgesundheit und Kooperationen mit Krankenkassen an. Haben wir Ihr Interesse geweckt? Hier erfahren Sie mehr.

 

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.

 

 

 

When I was young, my parents used to always say: “Switch of that music and do your homework!!” At that time, it was believed that listening to music while studying was distracting.

Let’s not forget that the science, in those days, had me forced into eating tons of spinach in the misinformed belief that it would make me healthy. It was generally believed that spinach contained an incredible amount of iron, but today we all knows that this belief was due to a decimal point somehow ending up in the wrong place!

Improve Productivity

Everybody knows that music can improve our mood and generate positive feelings, but now it seems it is considered to be good to listen to music while studying. In fact, there are a number of studies that prove that we can actually study better while listening to music. There are also studies showing that music can significantly boost productivity. Apparently, music blocks out background noise and replaces unpredictable distractions with predictable and rhythmic sounds, thereby significantly improving the ability to remain focused.

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Research confirms that music can also help us to concentrate and perform for longer periods of time. This is particularly true for tasks that involve us being creative. Music can be used specifically to initiate internal processing and facilitate inventiveness. The tempo and rhythmic patterns of music help to maintain attention. Music can also help us to stay alert when we’re feeling drowsy. More importantly, studying while listening to the right music can help us to retain more information – turning it into a sort of auditory memory booster!

Background Music

One study found that students who attended a lecture where music was playing quietly in the background, scored significantly higher than students who attended the same lecture without music. And it’s not just music: recent studies have shown that listening to special recordings containing Brainwave Entrainment techniques, such as Binaural Beats, can significantly increase IQ and improve academic test scores!

Work Better in Coffee Shops.

Coffee shop workers have reported that they feel more focused, effective and creative. It seems that the sound of coffee shops is conducive to concentration and productivity. This seems to be because the sound provides the ideal level of distraction. Science suggests that the increased effort used to work against small distractions can actually enhance concentration and retention levels. In one study, 300 participants were exposed to an ambient background noise of around 70 decibels, which is about the level of a medium to busy coffee shop. They were then asked questions using objective word-association. Their score was significantly higher with background sounds than when the test was conducted in silence.

So there we have it: the state of mind that is achieved by listening to sound and music can help us to study better, learn more, concentrate for longer, and retain more information. So put on those head-phones and get to work! (…with a nice cup of coffee or lovely plate of spinach!)

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SonicTonic is an app that has specifically designed programmes to improve focus and concentration. There is even a free series of surround-recordings of coffee shops.

Visit www.sonictonic.io

 

Sources:

Music during lectures: Will students learn better?

Research Shows Listening to Music Increases Productivity (and Some Types of Music Are Super Effective)

Do you get your best work done in coffee shops? Here’s why

The Best Music to Listen to For Optimal Productivity, According to Science

“The Effects of Various Kinds of Background Music on the I.Q. Scores of Ninth-Grade Students”

 

 

 

One of the ingredients used in SonicTonic is Binaural Beats, but what are these and how do they work?

What are Binaural Beats?

Binaural beats are sounds that are heard in the left and right ear as two slightly different frequency tones, yet perceived as one. So the binaural auditory beat that a person hears is the difference in frequency between the left and the right ear. Binaural beats are always lower than 1000 hertz (Hz) as it is at these frequencies that the brain detects the binaural beat.

For example, if the left ear registers a tone at 440 Hz and the right at 430 Hz (preferably with headphones) the binaural beat that is heard by the brain is the difference between the two frequencies — 10 Hz.

A number of studies have proven that listening to Binaural Beats can influence brainwaves and that the brain will synchronize to the frequency given by the Binaural Beats, which is why they’re used in the Receptive Sound Therapy in SonicTonic.

The effects on the brain, or “Brainwave entrainment” can be measured when a large number of neurons in the brain, send small electro-chemical signals to each other. These can be detected and visualized on an electroencephalogram (EEG).

How do Binaural Beats work?

There are a number of studies that have investigated the effect of Binaural Beats on the human body – both on cognitive processes, e.g. creativity, memory, and physical aspects, such as pain.

They can help with memory…

A study by Prof. T. Ortis investigated the effect of Binaural Beats on memory performance. As part of the experiment, twenty subjects were asked to remember incoherent words and then recite them back from memory.

During the study, which was conducted over a 15-day period, they heard various acoustic signals: Binaural Beats of 5Hz and 13Hz and white noise, respectively. The results showed a significantly positive effect as for those exposed twice a day to 15 minutes of 5Hz Binaural Beats.

… boost creativity

At Leiden University in the Netherlands, an experiment explored the connection between Binaural Beats and creativity. In the study, 24 subjects performed 3 experiments per day: In the first, they were stimulated with a Binaural Beat using an Alpha frequency of 10 Hz, in the second with a Binaural Beat using a Gamma frequency of 40 Hz and in the third with a non-binaural, constant tone of 340Hz as a control situation.

The order of the three experiments varied from participant to participant. At the beginning of the experiment, the participants were stimulated with one of the three sound sources, and then, while the audio signal was on, they were given various tasks that required creative thinking.

In one part of the experiment, the researchers looked at divergent thinking, so tasks were set to test this, e.g. participants were asked to list as many uses of a specific household item as possible in a given period of time.

The second part of the task involved the study of convergent thinking. Participants were given the task of finding a word that can be linked to the three others, such as combining“super” with ’market’, ‘star’ and ‘hero’.

The study found that stimulation with Binaural Beats, regardless of frequency, positively affected divergent thinking.

…reduce anxiety

The prospect of surgery often leaves patients feeling anxious. This can be explained by the loss of control, the unfamiliar environment, along with the perceived risk of the procedure. Dr. Padmanabhan and his colleagues investigated the influence of Binaural Beats on the feelings of anxiety experienced before an upcoming operation. The study was conducted at the Sunderland Royal Hospital over a 6-month period with a total of 108 patients who were awaiting surgery under general anaesthesia.

About 45-60 minutes before surgery, participants were asked to complete a questionnaire to help them understand their subjective anxiety. Thereafter, each participant had one of the following randomly-triggered actions:

  • A Binaural Beat embedded in a soundtrack was played to them
  • A soundtrack without a Binaural Beat was played to them, or
  • No audio file was played to them (the Participants were allowed to read or watch TV, for example).

Participants were then asked to complete the same questionnaire again. The result was a significant reduction in the levels of anxiety for those who had listened to Binaural Beats.

…reduce pain

A study by Dr. Donna D. Zampi investigated whether Binaural Beats can be used effectively to relieve chronic pain. To this end, 36 patients who were suffering from various types of chronic pain were divided into two groups. One group listened to Binaural Beats at 6Hz for 20 minutes on 14 consecutive days, while the other group listened to a non-binaural tone of 300Hz as placebo. Subsequently, the groups were changed for the next 14 days. As a result, it could be proven that the perceived pain could be significantly lowered by listening to Binaural Beats.

It is safe to say, it is scientifically proven that Binaural Beats can positively influence various cognitive and physical processes, such as memory, creativity, fear or pain. Many listeners perceive Binaural Beats to be more pleasant when they are embedded in music as opposed to listening to pure sine waves.

With SonicTonic you can do both, so if you would like to see the effects of Binaural Beats for yourself, download the app and try out them out today.

 

 

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Based on a German posting by musicfox.com

 

Together with the Neurologist, Professor Dr. med Yong-Seun Chang-Gusko, Professor of Health and Social Management at the FOM School of Economics & Management in Hamburg, Germany, we conducted a study to measure the efficacy of the e-Health app SonicTonic on a group of students. The questionnaire was developed by the SonicTonic team and consisted of a pre and post test to collect personal and app-based data. The users received a coupon code, which allowed free access to the app, and they were encouraged to use the appropriate sound programmes when they wanted to sleep or relax. The duration of the study was 1 month.

Subjects Data:

  • Number of participants: 16
  • Gender: Predominantly female
  • Age: 21 – 25 years old
  • Interests: music, lifestyle, medicine
  • Main problems: sleep disorders and stress

 

The test group proved to be balanced and felt confident about using technical equipment. Additionally, they were interested in the possible influence of sound on body and mind. The collected data from both before and after the test was  compiled into an efficacy trial for SonicTonic. Our hypothesis was that the application would alleviate sleep problems, reduce stress and generally improve the user’s quality of life.

The results of this study are presented on the basis of a persona profile:

Julia Meier, female student, 22 years old from Hamburg, had not previously used a sound or music therapy app before SonicTonic. After using the app once or twice a week, she reported an improvement in sleep and relaxation. She was enthusiastic about the simple and practical handling of the app, and found the SonicTonic website informative. She particularly found the Knowledge Pyramid interesting and helpful.

Overall, the hypothesis of the effectiveness of SonicTonic as an e-health application can be positively confirmed. The generated profile, which accounts for approximately 60% of the entire test group, not only shows the high significance of the correlation between sound and sleep, but also the increasing role of e-health in our healthcare system. Comments indicated both psychological and neurological effects.

The physiological response is seen as a memory-based reaction to a piece of music or a music style that triggers an existing association to a place, thought or experience.

A neurological response is one that is triggered by the properties of a sound itself and not any pre–existing associations. Examples of this are the Brainwave Entrainment techniques used in SonicTonic, such as Binaural Beats or Brain Hemisphere Stimulation.

SonicTonic is not considered to be just a sleep app, but more an auditory mental hygiene tool for promoting a more effective life. The study used only Tonics to reduce stress and promote sleep and did not include Tonics for stimulating learning and increasing productivity and focus. This area will be studied at a later date.

 

Conclusion

Using sound and music to intentionally bring positive change may not be a new territory at first glance, but the concept of mixing together a number of existing techniques was considered to be somewhat of an innovation. The student’s data suggested that, by integrating Receptive Sound Therapy into their everyday life, the users are capable of improving social practices, such as work and sleep routine or dealing with anxiety and stress in general – and this as little as just a couple sessions weekly. The convenience of SonicTonic being a mobile application and the short session duration of only 10 minutes allowed the students a seamless integration into their routines – highly recommending the easy-to-use attitude. Especially interesting is the finding that the different auditory techniques (ingredients) have been considered to be “effective”.

Further research on the combination of these techniques is recommended to conclude possible psychological and physical reaction on different age groups and social sectors.

 

Brainwave entrainment is a good example of technology positively affecting biology to intentionally synchronize our brainwave frequencies with an external stimulus. In our case, this stimulus is sound. We use Brainwave Entrainment to align thought patterns for different purposes. For example, to improve sleep, feel less stressed and calm or be more focused. There are various technologies available such as Binaural Beats or Isochronic Tones, that are each described in detail in the Knowledge Pyramid on www.sonictonic.io. This article will tell you about the different types of brainwaves and what they do.

 

What is Brainwave Entrainment?

Brainwave entrainment is the synchronization of the two hemispheres in the brain. Therefore, brainwave entrainment is also referred to as hemispheric synchronization. Using technical methods, it is possible to influence and reconcile the brain waves. Sound waves for instance are nothing more than vibrations of air. These little waves pulsate in a certain rhythmical pattern, that is being adopted by the brain waves. Like stomping your foot to a beat that is being played.
If you are very tense and need to concentrate, your brain will work in the gamma frequency range at 40 Hz (40 cycles per second). The dreamless deep sleep phase takes place in the delta frequency band – your brain waves then oscillate between 0.1 and 4 Hz.
By specifically influencing the brainwaves, you can control the individual activities in the brain itself. These states can be initiated entirely without the aid of technical means. For example, if you want to relax, or go to bed: if you live well, you will come to sleep without any aids.

 

How does Brainwave technology work?

Stimulation of the brain waves causes certain states of consciousness. The brain is consciously directed to the appropriate work mode in which it works best.
It can be proven that brain waves can be influenced if you provide the brain with opportunities that it understands. Since the brain waves move in the frequency range between 0.1 and 40 Hz, it just needs these frequency bands to address the brain directly. Problem: Human hearing perceives sounds that range from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz. Outside this frequency range we cannot hear any frequencies. Brainwave technology, however, knows ways to circumvent this.

 

Firstly, it is important to know that humans display five different types of electrical patterns or “brainwaves” across the cortex. All brainwave entrainment increases the growth of new neural pathways, and improves the communication between the right and left hemispheres.

From high to low frequency, the brainwaves are:

Gamma 31 Hz -100 Hz, Beta 14 Hz -30 Hz, Alpha 9 Hz-13 Hz, Theta 4 Hz -8 Hz, and Delta 0 Hz – 4 Hz. The brainwaves can be observed with an EEG (“electroencephalograph”) – a tool that makes brainwave patterns visible.

Each brainwave has a specific purpose and allows for optimal mental functioning. Our brain’s ability to become flexible and to transition through the various brainwave frequencies plays a large role in how successful we are at managing stress, focusing on tasks, or getting a good night’s sleep.

If one of the five types of brainwaves is either overproduced or under produced in our brain, it can cause us problems. For this reason, it is important to understand that there is no single brainwave that is “better” or more “optimal” than the other. They all have their purpose at different times. By exposing ourselves to specific frequencies, we can influence the way we think and feel. Let’s take a look at the individual frequencies.

 

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  • Delta Waves |(0 Hz to 4 Hz) (Slowest)

 

These are the slowest recorded brain waves in human beings. They are found most often in infants as well as young children. As we age, we tend to produce less delta even during deep sleep. They are associated with the deepest levels of relaxation and restorative, healing sleep. They have also been found to be involved in unconscious bodily functions such as regulating heart beat and digestion. Adequate production of delta waves helps us feel completely rejuvenated after we wake up from a good night’s sleep. If there is abnormal delta activity, an individual may experience learning disabilities or have difficulties maintaining conscious awareness (such as in cases of brain injuries).

 

Lack of Delta Waves can cause: Inability to rejuvenate body, inability to revitalise the brain, poor sleep

 

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  • Theta Waves |4 Hz to 8 Hz (Slow)

 

Theta is the best state for memorisation and creativity. In the Theta state the brain activity has slowed below Alpha (at approximately 4-8 Hz) and an even greater connection occurs between the conscious and unconscious mind. It is here that intuition and spontaneity happen, and creative problem solving can be well-utilized. The Theta state is often suspected to be the resource of great artists and thinkers. If you need to memorise a lot of information – history, formulas, etc., Theta may be your best bet. Theta waves are connected to us experiencing and feeling deep and raw emotions. Too much theta activity may make people prone to bouts of depression and may make them “highly suggestible” based on the fact that they are in a deeply relaxed, semi-hypnotic state. Theta waves can help us to improve our intuition, creativity, and makes us feel more natural. They are also involved in restorative sleep and daydreaming. As long as Theta isn’t produced in excess during our waking hours, it is a very helpful brain wave range.

 

Lack of Theta Waves can cause: Anxiety, poor emotional awareness, stress

 

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  • Alpha | 9 Hz to 13 Hz (Moderate)

 

The Alpha state occurs when brain activity slows just below the normal waking state of Beta (14-30 Hz). In Alpha, the mind and body are relaxed but a level of focus is easily maintained. Modern brain science has shown that only 1 of 6 of our brain’s processing methods happen on the conscious level, so there is certainly a benefit in engaging the deeper parts of the brain, while taking in information. This frequency range bridges the gap between our conscious thinking and subconscious mind. In other words, alpha is the frequency range between beta and theta. It helps us calm down when necessary and promotes feelings of deep relaxation. If we become stressed, a phenomenon called “alpha blocking” may occur which involves excessive beta activity and very little alpha. Essentially the beta waves “block” out the production of alpha because we become too aroused. There is also a greater link between the conscious and subconscious mind in Alpha, meaning that while one is consciously learning, their brain is also unconsciously processing what one is learning.

 

Lack of Alpha Waves can cause: Anxiety, high stress, insomnia, OCD

 

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  • Beta 14 Hz to 30 Hz (High)

 

These are known as high frequency low amplitude brain waves that are commonly observed while we are awake. They are involved in conscious thought, logical thinking, and tend to have a stimulating affect. Having the right amount of beta waves allows us to focus and complete school or work-based tasks easily. Having too much beta may lead to us experiencing excessive stress and/or anxiety. The higher beta frequencies are associated with high levels of arousal. When you drink caffeine or have another stimulant, your beta activity will naturally increase. Think of these as being very fast brain waves that most people exhibit throughout the day in order to complete conscious tasks such as: critical thinking, writing, reading, and socialization.

 

Lack of Beta Waves can cause: ADHD, daydreaming, depression, poor cognition

 

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  • Gamma | 31 Hz to 100 Hz (Highest)

 

There is also great value in producing Gamma waves, as these, more than the other brainwaves, have been directly linked to increased IQ, enhanced cognitive function, and improved memory. If you need to learn something new, I would recommend Alpha, as the relaxed yet focused mental state will make it much easier to stay interested and process clearly. It also wouldn’t’t be a bad idea to listen to some Gamma brainwave entrainment audios on a semi-regular basis when one is not actually studying to help boost IQ and cognitive functioning. Gamma waves are involved in higher processing tasks as well as cognitive functioning. Gamma waves are important for learning, memory and information processing. It is thought that the 40 Hz gamma wave is important for the binding of our senses in regards to perception and are involved in learning new material. It has been found that individuals who are mentally challenged and have learning disabilities tend to have lower gamma activity than average.

 

Lack of Gamma Waves can cause: ADHD, depression, learning disabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) has been widely reported to relieve insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks, and a whole lot of other wonderful things!

Sometimes referred to as Mind Massage, ASMR uses a palette of binaural sounds – such as tapping, scratching, and whispering – to generate an enjoyable sensation of tingling and goosebumps, which is commonly considered to be very relaxing. Compared to the short chill effect which can be experienced through music, ASMR can induce a long-lasting pleasant sensation – which probably explains why it is currently being used by millions of people. The immersive soundscapes in SonicTonic have been created using a combination of special binaural surround microphones and custom 3D spatial audio software.

To get a better idea of what ASMR is all about, we have prepared a short quiz. It is a great chance to experience one of the remarkable techniques used in SonicTonic. If you like it, which we are sure you will! – use the coupon code below to experience a full-length ASMR in SonicTonic!

Enjoy the Quiz!

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SonicTonic is a self-management app that uses Receptive Sound Therapy for influencing thoughts and feelings to bring about positive changes in mood, attitude, and actions.  Its  science-based  design helps to reduce stress, improve sleep, aid relaxation, boost concentration, and even increase boost concentration and learning capabilities. It also addresses a number of other issues, such as anxiety, burnout, depression, and phobias.

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