I’m a person who needs a solid eight hours of sleep to function like a normal human being—anything less, and I’m destined to spend the following day feeling a) exhausted b) confused c) unproductive, and d) kind of mean (sorry, everyone).
And because I’m a person who needs plenty of zzzs to feel my best, I’m always on the lookout for ways to improve my sleep game. One of the most interesting techniques I’ve come across: binaural beats. These have been steadily growing in popularity as a must-try for improving focus and concentration, boosting memory, and—yup—getting a better night’s sleep.
But what, exactly, are binaural beats? How do they work? And how can something that comes out of your headphones dramatically increase the quality of your shut-eye?