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.
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Sound Therapy: The Kind of Songs You Need When Stressed

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 



“Neuro programmer 3” – A caffeine supplement or even more

In 1998, Dr. David Trudeau used 18 Hz for the treatment of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and spoke about very positive results such as 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. The similar result was achieved by Dr. Cary Howard in his study in 1986, where 12 students had significantly reduced fatigue at the end of a seven-week course.

It has been proven that brain stimulation can not only lead to relaxed and meditative states, but also to energy increase and motivation. This is confirmed by many users of the Neuro-Programmer 3 by attending the NP3 Wake Up session as a caffeine supplement.

The Neuro-Programmer 3 is a self-help and mind-programming tool created to bring about quick and long-lasting positive changes. The neuro-programmer’s system is divided into two main categories, the psychological and neurological aspects. Mental problems often require a combination of these two approaches. For example, depression can be treated most effectively by increasing the release of neurotransmitters in the brain, such as serotonin, in addition to therapy.

The system of Neuro-Programmer achieves self-help in 2 different ways:

The Neurological Aspect: Brainwave Entrainment

With the help of complex sound filters and sound Modulated by LED glasses, the NP is able to effectively and accurately influence brainwave patterns. Brainwave patterns are directly related to our everyday lives. For example, you can use a person’s brainwave pattern to determine if the person is tired, full of energy, or focused. Energy or focus is whether he is daydreaming, depressed or confused. It is equally interesting for people with depression, anxiety and a host of other widened disorders. By changing and optimizing brainwave patterns, a huge range of problems can be dramatically reduced (or resolved). For example, memory, concentration and mental speed can be increased enormously by brain wave stimulation. Sleep and deep stages of meditation can be initiated, headaches are reduced. They can even boost the release of helpful chemicals such as growth hormone and serotonin. Brainwave entrainment is not a new technology. On the contrary, it has been extensively researched for over 70 years.


The psychological aspect: Suggestions, visualizations and hypnosis

For problems that can not be solved by Brainwave Entrainment alone, there are a number of proven psychological techniques that can be used. Suggestions (affirmations) and visualization techniques are available to overcome anxiety, quit smoking, lose weight, boost your self-esteem, your 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 and to bring his mind into a receptive state (the so-called hypnotic trance). When this happens, the hypnotist uses a series of suggestions. Suggestions are sentences or commands (for example, “You are self-confident and self-determined!”). When your mind is in a receptive state, suggestions and other psychological techniques (such as visualizations) can have a quick and dramatic effect on your behavior and emotional response. The task of the neuro-programmer is to replace the hypnotist with a session. The sessions use powerful brainwave entrainment techniques that bring the user’s brainwave patterns into a receptive state. Once the user is at this point of maximum absorption, the Neuro-Programmer starts with the suggestions or reminds the user to start with the visualization exercises. In addition, the Neuro-Programmer includes professional hypnosis scripts that allow you to go beyond the already strong brain wave stimulation beyond introduction to the hypnotic state.


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.

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How the Shape of Your Ears Affects What You Hear

An important affect of using SonicTonic is the altered state of consciousness that is experienced largely due to the movement of sound caused by panning, ASMR and virtual surround sound software. Interestingly, the experience and identification of positioning varies from person to person.  Neuroscientists from the International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research (BRAMS) at the University of Montreal have recently published a study in the Journal of neuroscience, examining the representation of vertical sound direction in the auditory cortex using an fMRI scanner, proving that what we hear is affected by the shape of our ears.

Source: The New York times (Veronique Greenwood) | Journal of neuroscience (Régis Trapeau and Marc Schönwiesner from the International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research (BRAMS)

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 


Mental illness is the leading cause of inability to work among women

With 20.1%, mental illness is the leading cause of inability to work among women.


As the DAK health report 2017 shows, psychological diseases present the largest part of the total cases of illness among women. Reasons for that can be biological, such as hormonal effects, psychosocial, for example education or the abundance of roles as mother, partner, employee, etc., or other specific stress aspects in a psychological, physical or sexual way.




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


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


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

Music makes you happier

Canadian Researcher from the McGill University found that by listening to music, your brain releases dopamine, a “feel-good” neurotransmitter.

Music that moves us emotionally activates the “feel-good hormone” dopamine at the emotional networks of the brain. They are mainly in the lower part of the forebrain, directly above the eye socket. The dopamine inhibits the anxiety centers in the almond kernels. These almond-shaped structures are located on the left and right inside of the brain. Among other things, they process emotions such as fear and anger. If they are inhibited, another part of the brain, the hypothalamus, emits less stress hormones. As a result, the blood pressure drops, and the heartbeat calms down.

Source: Canada Research Chair (McGill University), McGill Study Film