I have to admit, I had my doubts about Brain FM.
I was having some trouble concentrating one day recently as I was working at home. The house was very silent, with my wife and kids out for the day. I put for a question asking how people like to work; do they prefer total silence, or do they like some ambient noise? How about music? Music with or without lyrics?
Many people suggested that they liked music. One person suggest to me that I check out Brain FM. I had heard about it before, but didn’t know too much- or, anything, honestly– about it. I decided to check it out.
So, what is Brain FM and can it help you? If you sometimes need a boost to concentration, read on!
Not Just Music… Science!
Brain FM is, at first glance (or listen) music. Given that many people like to have some background music while working, that might seem good enough. Finding good music without distracting lyris can be helpful, but Brain FM goes one step further by applying some science to what you are listening to.
The basic idea behind Brain FM is that neuronal oscillations– brainwaves, if you would– regulate the communication between neurons. Specific patterns of brainwaves have been identified for specific states conducive to relaxation, concentration, sleep and more.
These brainwaves, it has been found, can be influenced by music. Therefore, specific music can be used to induce specific states.
This seems logical enough. For example, one does not typically listen to hard rock while drifting off to sleep, or lullabyes while studying.
The minds at Brain FM have gone a step further, studying the exact manner in which to induce these states.
Within approximately 10 to 15 minutes of listening to Brain FM you should begin to notice an effect corresponding to your choice of Focus, Relaxation or Sleep.
But Does it Work?
As mentioned above, I had someone recommend Brain FM to me and since they had a free trial, I figured I may as well (I’m cheap; I’m not big on paying just to try something, but if it’s free, I’m all over it).
Checking out their site, I read a little bit about the way it is supposed to work, and although it seemed a bit strange to me, it made enough sense that I was willing to try. Besides, I figured it couldn’t hurt, and the idea of having some interesting (but not too distracting) background noise appealed to me.
Grabbing my headphones (the preferred way to listen), I sat down and got to work.
At first, I didn’t really think much about it. I figured I would just do my work and not worry about it. I actually liked the music and thought it might be distracting because I was actively listening to it. Very quickly, however, it faded into the background.
When I decided to take a break some time later, I was surprised to see how much time had passed. I had been listening for almost two full hours. Often, after about 45 minutes or so of really concentrating, I will get up and walk around a bit, perhaps grabbing myself a snack or a drink, but this time I had worked more than twice that long without even noticing it.
Even better, when i looked back over the work I had just done, I realized that I had produced more than usual, and it didn’t really need as much revision as it normally would. I was truly impressed, and I have been using it ever since.
Music to Suit Your Mood– or Create Your Mood
Brain FM offers more than music to work by. If you are having difficluty relaxing after a long day at work, or if you are laying in bed tossing and turning while sleep eludes you, Brain FM also has categories to help you out, though I personally have much less experience with them.
Normally, I have no issues falling asleep, so I have yet to try their sleep programs, but I did check out the relaxation one, which I found pleasant. There are multiple choices under each category, such as Chimes & Bowls or Nightsounds in the Relaxation category and Rain or Wind in the Sleep category. This allows you to tailor your Brain FM experience to whatever appeals to you the most.
If you are the type of person who likes to have some background music, I would highly recommend trying Brain FM, especially if you are trying to focus on a specific task. In my experience it has proven quite helpful at entering and maintaining the right state of mind to get things done. I am less prone to distraction while listening to it, which has proven highly beneficial to me.
Even if you are not a fan of listening to music while you work or sleep, you may find some benefit from tuning in to Brain FM. Certainly, you have nothing to lose with a free trial.
I would suggest using quality headphones, however, as cheap earbuds will probably become uncomfortable and distracting, effectively cancelling out any real benefit you might gain from listening.
Give a listen to Brain FM and let me know what you think. Did it help? Was it distracting to you?
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