I’m going to give the Solfeggio Frequencies a try. The Solfeggio Frequencies are 6 types of sound vibrations that supposedly have healing effects on the body and mind. They are used in Gregorian and Buddhist chants which have a legacy dating all the way back hundreds, even thousands of years ago. What I’m interested in is their effect on the nervous system, brain waves, and sleep. Can it help with insomnia?
The Solfeggio Frequencies are based on a six note scale somewhat similar to the seven note scale of normal music. They are claimed to be “lost” for a long time, but this is not entirely accurate because the vibrations were always there; only the knowledge about them was kept hidden for a long time.
Science tells us that the universe is made up of matter, which is made out of vibrating atoms. Vibration is sound, and sound is vibration. So apparently, there are certain healthful vibration ranges that are conducive to health and healing, and the Solfeggio Frequencies are one of them.
Listening to Solfeggio Frequencies can be grouped under brainwave entrainment practices, which also includes binaural beats. Brainwave entrainment refers to practices that aim to modify brainwave frequency to something that synchronizes with an intended frequency, usually by using sound producing software as a stimulus.
Now I understand why certain sounds can put people to sleep….
At first sight they might appear totally boring, but there could be truth to the theory. Has anyone ever entered a forest filled with the buzzing of cicadas or crickets? Or listened to whale sounds? How did you feel? Peaceful? I’m not sure if cicada humming corresponds to the same frequency range as the Solfeggio Frequencies, but that’s what the Solfeggio Frequencies are claimed to do – Harmonize your mind and body, ease stress away, and yeah, make you drowsy.
The Solfeggio Frequency notes or tones correspond to:
- Ut – 396 Hz
- Re – 417 Hz
- Mi - 528 Hz
- Fa – 639 Hz
- Sol – 741 Hz
- La – 852 Hz
One of these, the Mi note (528 Hz) is supposed to have been used by scientists to heal damaged DNA in some patients. The other tones also are claimed to have respective properties of their own. I find the study of these frequencies interesting.
How to generate Solfeggio Frequencies of your own
If you want to generate your own Solfeggio tone, you can do it easily with Audacity, a free audio manipulation software. I’ve long had Audacity on my PC; just download and install it, and what you do to generate a full length MP3 is this:
- From the Menu above, click on Generate, and then click on Tone
- A small box will come up like below.
- Choose Waveform – Sine
- Frequency – 528 (Or any other frequency you want to experiment with)
- Amplitude – 1 (Leave it as 1)
- Length – However long you want to be (I’ve chosen 600 seconds or 10 minutes)
- Go to File (in the Audacity Menu)
- Choose Export As MP3
- Save it wherever you want on your computer
When it comes to insomnia, I’m going to test this out, and see if it actually helps. I reckon for some people, if you listen to them long enough, you’ll probably fall asleep from the induced boredom!
NB: People suffering from epilepsy or seizures, heart disorders, and drug addiction are cautioned against practicing brain entrainment. Consult with your doctor.
Finally, here are some YouTube videos that illustrate the Solfeggio Tones.