How Entrainment Can Help You Fall Asleep

Woman using wearable sleep aid device DreamOn

Sleep Trouble

Do you have difficulty falling asleep? According to the National Institutes of Health, an estimated 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from sleep or wakefulness disorders. Given the current climate, we understand it may be even more difficult to get a restful night’s sleep these days. 

Sleep Needs

Getting adequate sleep is important for our overall health and wellbeing. When we do not get enough quality sleep, our immune systems are affected, making us more susceptible to getting sick. We also increase our risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, and high blood pressure as well as decrease our productivity levels.

There are many factors that contribute to wakefulness and the inability to fall asleep quickly.  Are few factors are, for example, eating too close to bedtime, alcohol, a change in your regular routine, and anxiety. 

Fortunately, there are healthy, natural ways to fall asleep faster and have a more restful night. 

Throughout the day, our brain exhibits different kinds of brain waves depending on our mental state. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Beta Brain Waves - Alertness
  • Alpha Brain Waves - Light relaxation
  • Theta Brain Waves - Deep relaxation and sleep
  • Delta Brain Waves - Deep, dreamless sleep

For decades, neuroscientists have known that external stimuli can coax the brain into different brain wave states. This is known as Brain Wave Entrainment.

What is Brain Wave Entrainment?

Brain Wave Entrainment is any action that causes brain frequencies to synchronize with an external stimuli that has the same frequency as an intended brain-state. These principles were first discovered in 1665 by a Dutch physicist Christiaan Huygens during an experiment with two pendulum clocks. It has been used around the world by many different cultures to help with different disorders.

There are three common types of Brain Wave Entrainment: light, sound, and touch.

For example, sleeping with an alarm clock that lights up the room gradually to mimic a sunrise (external stimuli)  will help a person wake up easier as light signals to the brain to wake up (intended brain-state).

Tactile Entrainment is the use of touch and vibrations to help synchronize brain waves to ease you into a deeper sleep, faster.

How can Tactile Entrainment help you sleep better?

In order to induce sleep, all we need is a low-frequency signal for our brains to lock onto and copy. 

Gentle pulsing, such as those emitted with our DreamOn band, signals to the brain to exhibit Theta brain waves which help you relax and drift off to sleep. Focusing on a subtle vibrating pulse helps you to clear your mind while allowing your body to relax more. 

While effective, entrainment is a process that takes practice. Similar to meditation, it may take a few tries to fully let go, clear your mind, and focus on the pulses to reap the benefits. As it starts to become more and more of a routine, you’ll find the pulses pulling away the stresses of the day to help you relax faster and fall asleep deeper. After just a few nights, most users report falling asleep in almost half the time and sleeping longer.

Paired with our DreamOn app, you are able to track sleep, get tips to sleep better, listen to guided meditations, and more. Try our DreamOn band risk-free for 30-days. What do you have to lose but another night’s sleep?

Disclaimer: The DreamOn band is a relaxation aid. The band and app are not meant to diagnose, assess, treat, or cure any sleep disorder (or any other disorder). If you’re experiencing severe sleeplessness or have health issues that interfere with sleep, we recommend that you speak with a physician.