DISCLAIMER: I received this product for free in order to facilitate this review, all opinions are my own.
What is it? NeuroBeats, sound tracks that help you sleep just be listening to them before bed! Before I really dig into it, let me first tell you that I am NOT a heavy sleeper. I wake at every noise. People can whisper to me and I wake up, it's actually something that I am pretty proud of. It makes it easy to wake up without an alarm and before trying NeuroBeats, I hadn't been late waking the girls up at 6am with no alarm for weeks. Although, it also means that I wasn't getting ample rest. It was irritating to wake 10 times just in a matter of a few hours. Luckily, I do hit REM sleep almost instantly so I can get a manageable amount of rest even with constantly waking. But it isn't GOOD rest. I am left feeling tired by afternoon and with no coffee, I will be back to sleep by mid-morning.
When I read about NeuroBeats: Sleep Better helping you sleep uninterrupted just by listening to it for a half hour before bed for a couple weeks, I was totally intrigued. The idea of sleeping an not waking, it was unimaginable. I haven't seen those days since I was a teenager. I asked to try it and was pretty excited when I was allowed to test it out.
The science behind it all has to do with the brain's response to the beats in the audio, the binaural beats. To be honest, I didn't really find much about the actual science behind it from the NeuroBeats site itself besides some quotes about the studies done with it. I had been told that it would be easy to find, so that was slightly disappointing. But have no fear, I researched it a little for you.
Binaural Beat Therapy is here today thanks to the discovery of binaural tones, discovered in the late 1800's by Heinrich Wilhelm Dove. In the late 1900's, an alternative medicine community claimed that using these beats could help induce relaxation, meditation, creativity and other mental states, depending on the difference of the frequency in the beats from ear to ear. Based on the goal of Sleep Better, I'm assuming that the difference is frequency is below 10Hz, where it is most optimal for help in sleep.
Now let me warn you... when I first downloaded it, I was eager to hear it and had no headphones, so I played it aloud at my computer aaaaaaaand I may have had threats against my life to turn it off. Okay, not really. But it did ignite a strong irritation among most members of the house. The sound kinda makes you want to hurt something, like really hurt something. Here's a sample so you can see what I mean. Imagine the background noise, the one that sounds like a low wine glass hum, now imagine that's the only noise. That's the whole first track, I kinda recommend skipping it. It wasn't my favorite one, although I think I tolerated it better than everyone else. The second track was worse in my opinion. The rest of the tracks are ones that you could mentally tune out eventually.
Now, let me tell you that I am such a skeptic when it comes to anything subliminal. I hate when I can feel being manipulated into feeling a certain way and I don't ever want to depend on drugs for good sleep. I tried Benadryl once before when I was having side effects to a drug that caused insomnia. It worked great and served it's purpose, but I woke with a very dizzy feeling and I hated that, I don't like to feel like I'm "on something". The cool thing about NeuroBeats is that it's just sound. It's not a drug, it's not hypnosis or some other crazy expensive thing where you feel like you're being controlled, it's just sound. Sound that works.
Despite the maddening feeling that you may experience with some of the tracks, I absolutely HIGHLY recommend NeuroBeats for anyone who has trouble staying asleep. However, please don't use it if you have epilepsy, if you are overly sensitive to outside stimuli (for the love of Pete, please do NOT use this on children with Autism), or if you are driving, etc. Although it didn't personally make me drowsy, it can have that effect on certain people, so it's best to be safe.
Except for the product(s) given to me for the purpose of reviewing, I received no compensation for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.