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How Lack of Sleep Affects Us

Insomnia effects us in many ways.

by Dina Strada

Sleep is a lot like sex. You don’t realize how much you need it until you’re not getting any.

Then after days, weeks and even months of being deprived of those precious z’s we realize how cranky and out of sorts we are. We can’t focus. We catch a cold. We find ourselves screaming obscenities at the car in front of us just for making a right hand turn when they had the gall to not even put their blinker on!

Soon after noticing that our loved ones are starting to back away when we walk into a room, we start fantasizing about how we can get a little more of what we crave… real, restful, uninterrupted sleep.

Sound familiar?

Just as the food we put into our bodies, the vitamins we take and the activities we do that bring us joy are important to staying healthy, so is a good night’s sleep. Instead we prioritize checking something off our never ending to-do list or scroll our Instagram feed as we lay awake till 2am.

Trust me, I know the benefits of a consistent and reliable sleep routine. When I don’t follow one, everything in my life that usually works starts to fall apart. I start to put off everyday tasks like cooking a healthy meal for my family because it feels too overwhelming. I have less patience at work and can’t get anything done. And just yesterday I forgot to pick up one of my kids from the soccer field because I was too exhausted to write it in my calendar.

Our brains and emotions aren’t the only things that suffer when we don’t get a good night’s rest. Here are 6 additional ways lack of sleep effects us:


Experimental Brain Research published a study showing that a lack of sleep contributed to poor decision-making, diminished reasoning and problem-solving skills and slower reaction times when faced with specific tasks. We also simply can’t focus for longer than a few minutes which is why you can’t make it through that episode of Shark Tank without rewinding it for the 3rd time to catch something you missed.


Studies show that our immune systems get compromised when we don’t get enough sleep. Our bodies simply can’t fight off illness when we aren’t well rested and we find ourselves exhausted and catching every bug going around town.


Remember when you were in college, you studied all night for a final and found yourself ordering a large pizza with a side of greasy fries at 3am?  That’s what lack of sleep does.  The body thinks it’s hungry and it’s not usually craving a veggie burger with a side of fruit!

“Your levels of ghrelin, a hormone responsible for letting your brain know you’re hungry, goes up when you’ve had insufficient sleep,” says Dianne Augelli, M.D., a sleep expert at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City.  What’s worse is that levels of ghrelin’s complementary hormone, leptin—which signals to the brain that you’re full—drops without solid rest. So not only are you having signals sent to your brain to keep on eating, but there are also no signals going to your brain that you’re full. Meaning you’ll just keep on eating.


The exception to this rule is if you’re getting up early to put in a good workout. If you are, mazel tov! If you’re not studies have found that people who get less than 5 hours of sleep a night gain weight and are at a higher risk of becoming obese. Our body’s metabolism starts to slow down as a result of losing sleep and we start storing fat rather than burning it off.

“Your body’s ability to store the glucose is impaired, which over time could lead to diabetes,” Dr. Augelli adds. “This is why it’s so important to get enough sleep as a part of a healthy weight-loss routine”—or to maintain your current, healthy weight.


In a 2013 study funded by skincare giant Estee Lauder at the University Hospital of Cleveland, the results found that there’s a correlation between sleep deprivation and the aging of our skin. And it’s not just more wrinkles and bags under our eyes. Lack of sleep can aggravate some skin disorders that you already have like dermatitis and psoriasis. This is why a good night’s sleep is important before things like a family photo shoot, an important social engagement or just because you want to look and feel your best.


We don’t make good decisions when we’re tired. We also don’t have the patience or reason to determine what’s a big deal and what isn’t.  This is why you have a complete meltdown when your partner fails to do something like put the cap back on the toothpaste after a couple days of too little sleep.  Decreased sleep also leads to things like depression and anxiety long-term, which is why it’s so important to make it a daily practice to get the sleep you need.

The great news is our bodies are so resilient and just a few nights of better sleep can completely change our mood, disposition and mindset. So whatever you can do before bed to make sure that happens….having your last meal 2 hours before bedtime, turning off all electronics at least an hour before you plan to go to sleep or listening to a Hemi-Sync® meditation or sleep playlist should be the only things you add to your to list today.


Musings of a Hemi-Sync® Explorer (July 2019)

New Releases

Dear Explorer,

Sorry, it’s been a few months since we’ve had a chance to talk (guess I can’t call it a monthly letter anymore). I’ve missed you guys! So the other day I had an audio/video guy doing some work around my office when he noticed a Hemi-Sync® CD on my desk.

“Hey, I love Hemi-Sync®! I go to sleep with it every night.”

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Have you ever noticed little synchronicities, such as this, in your daily life? I find they either happen with greater frequency—or I just become more attuned to them—when I’m connected with my inner life (i.e., when I’m regularly meditating and/or using Hemi-Sync®). With our recently introduced Hemi-Sync® Unlimited app, it becomes much easier to establish a daily practice. We are aware that this unveiling has been a bit bumpy, but deploying a tool like this at scale, and fitting it into a pre-existing eco-system, is incredibly complex.

Thanks to everyone for their feedback and suggestions. We have incorporated much of that into our latest updates, which were just released last week, and we’ll continue to push new features and fixes on a monthly basis going forward. We hope everyone can remain patient and invest a little time in learning how to use this most powerful tool for unlocking your potential. The tutorial videos we have created are worth a look in this regard.

New Releases

Our new release for May was a musical piece by multi-award winning composer, Barry Goldstein, which was inspired by New York Times bestselling author, speaker and near-death experience expert Anita Moorjani. Continuing our recent trend, Pieces of Heaven was released both as Metamusic® and as a regular music album on our Flying Man RecordsTM label. We are also distributing Heaven: An Experiential Journey, which is a set of short meditations loosely based on the chapters of Anita’s book, If This is Heaven. Listeners will notice that the Heaven exercises are accompanied by the music from Pieces of Heaven. Speaking of synchronicities. I recently learned that Anita lives right down the road from me….small world.

Pieces of Heaven with Hemi-Sync

In June, we released our second collaboration with Jackie Haverty, a clinical, transpersonal and alchemical hypnotherapist, energy healer, intuitive channel and meditation teacher. Embody the Essence of Life is designed to provide access to healing, awakening and transformation as you enhance your experience of love, harmony and divine union with All That Is.

Embody The Essence of Life

The most recent Hemi-Sync® release is from Slovenian musician and sound artist Andrej Hrvatin, also known as Nimetu, which means “I am not here.” For a summary of Andrej’s transcendental and musical influences, check out episode 19 of the podcast. Don’t miss the short film at the 19:56 mark where Andrej goes full “Ice Man” (watch and you’ll understand). This particular musical piece, which is released as Metamusic® under the title Hero’s Journey, and slightly re-composed as simply music under the name Locus Solus, has deep shamanic influences. This is not surprising, as Andrej was introduced to us by our good friend Byron Metcalf. More specifically, the song reminds me of an icaro played by curanderos during an ayahuasca ceremony (or so I’m told!). Nimetu’s music, especially on Hemi-Sync®, is a magical trip for sure, but don’t take our word for it:
Hero's Journey Review

Hero's Journey

If you’re into free stuff (and who isn’t), you owe it to yourself to check out our YouTube channel. We have been uploading more and more short video clips, which make for nice breaks in the day, featuring extended Metamusic® mixes and deep conversations from our podcast series. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss a thing.
That’s all for now and sorry again for the hiatus. My wife and I recently had our own new release (both mom and baby are doing well), so I’ve been a little busy.

See you in Home or along the way,


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Hemi-Sync Podcast Episode 19: Andrej Hrvatin (Nimetu) on Shamanic Music

Andrej Hrvatin is a musician and sound artist focused on deeper connections between music, philosophy and transcendental states. His Hemi-Sync® album is called “Hero’s Journey” and is constructed as a voyage through different stages. In this conversation, Andrej discusses his early near death experiences, as well as his musical and philosophical influences. Topics covered include: shamanism, Carlos Castaneda, cryotherapy, Wim Hof and transcendent states.

Here is a brief table of contents:
19:56 Andrej’s very cool short film
29:45 Andrej discusses his current work and how it influenced his Hemi-Sync® piece.

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Musings of a Hemi-Sync® Explorer – Get Ready for Lift-Off!

Get Ready for Lift-Off!

Dear Explorer,

I was thinking of you when I was back in Virginia last month, when a friend asked me, “Hey, when are you guys gonna come out with a new Jonn Serrie album?” While I should be accustomed to these little everyday synchronicities by now, I nonetheless paused in some disbelief before responding, “Next month!”

New Release

Yes, it’s true…Jonn Serrie’s Celestial Space, the somewhat belated follow-up to his 2015 best-selling Celestial Meditation, is this month’s new release. For those of you unfamiliar with Jonn’s work, he is one of the progenitors of the space music genre. His work has been featured in countless planetariums, including New York’s Hayden Planetarium, large format films, television episodes and other films, including 2004’s What the Bleep Do we Know?  His complete biography is here. Jonn is a master in creating electronic music suggestive of galactic vistas and open spaces, providing a perfect audio environment for exploring other realities. When you combine that with powerful Hemi-Sync® frequencies, prepare to lift off!

Celestial Space Meditation from Hemi-Sync
Flying Man

But what if you’re a gearhead like Jonn, and you’re driving your cherry ’68 Mercury Cougar down the interstate, just listening to Celestial Space, when your friendly neighborhood state trooper pulls you over and you blow a Focus 10 (that’s a mind awake-body asleep state for the noobs)? Well, you just can’t do it…this stuff is way too powerful. That’s why we have created Flying Man Records®. These are the same great Metamusic® compositions, but without any Hemi-Sync® on the recording.  In other words….it’s just music. The Flying Man version of Celestial Space is our debut offering in this regard. Going forward, Flying Man will be the platform for releasing other content that doesn’t contain any embedded audio guidance technology, so look for it in the months to come.

The Flying Man Records Logo

Hemi-Sync® Unlimited

In other big news, we have just released our new app, Hemi-Sync® Unlimited, on GooglePlay, and iTunes should be close behind. You can now access more than 80% of the Hemi-Sync® library (premium content such as new releases and some of the album series are excluded) for a reasonable monthly subscription rate. With the app, you can not only stream your favorite tracks, but you can also assemble them into playlists, share them with your friends and follow specific artists. Moreover, it will automatically sync anything you have ever bought, or ever will buy, from our new website to the app. This eliminates the need to download a digital file (or rip a CD), import it into player software, and then sync it with your mobile device. Just be sure to login with the same email and password that you use for the site. We have prepared a brief video tutorial for your convenience.

New App: Hemi-Sync Unlimited – Interface Preview


Free VR Exercise

In case you missed it, we released a FREE Hemi-Sync® virtual reality exercise this month, based on Robert Monroe’s classic Morning Exercise. This was really just a proof-of-concept, so please let us know what you think about our potentially moving more in this direction. As always, we’re building a community here, and we want everyone to have a voice. Special shout-out to Skip Atwater for putting the VR exercise together.

Woman in VR Exercise – She's enjoying herself.

Learning & Memory

Looking forward to next month, we will have our Learning & Memory titles on sale in honor of final exams (sorry kids). For students who may be interested in some useful tips for studying, there are several free articles and research papers on the Concentration section of our website. There is also an informative video  by Barbara Bullard embedded on the Remembrance album page. The upshot is you generally want to have one Learning & Memory oriented Hemi-Sync® piece per subject area, as that is what seems to maximize recall. If you want to affordably access a wide array of suitable Metamusic® titles, this may be an especially good time to try Hemi-Sync® Unlimited. You can get a seven-day trial for only $0.99 and use the entire LEK (Learning Enhancement Kit), which is dope (this was a cool word when I was in college). I suppose you could even cancel your subscription when exams are over…but why would you ever want to do that?!

A woman taking extensive notes


I’ll look forward to speaking with you again next month, though I’m sure I’ll be thinking of you before then. 😉

See you in Home or along the way,


Musings of a Hemi-Sync® Explorer – Something New, Something Different

Something New, Something Different

Dear Hemi-Sync® User,

…hmmm, that sounds a little bit boring and impersonal. Moreover, it understates what we’re doing here, right? After all, we’re building a community of people who are willing to reconsider who they are and who they take themselves to be. This involves being willing to set aside limiting beliefs, directly facing fears and becoming comfortable with the unknown. That takes courage (and not a little bit, at that). I guess you could liken it to the early explorers who were sailing to unknown lands (without the genocide, of course). You guys good with “Explorers”? Cool, let’s go with that.

Dear Explorers,

There’s a lot going on at Hemi-Sync® this month. On the 13th, we released Deep Connection: A Meditation for Two with the brilliant, Tim Freke. This is the first partner meditation we have produced in a long time and continues our recent effort to provide users with exercises that are directly applicable to their daily lives. This album mirrors what Tim does in his workshops (highly recommended btw). First, users are introduced to the Deep Awake state, which is a state of being marked by a sense of deep knowing, of quiet, calm confidence and joy, unmediated by concepts. Various wisdom traditions have different names for this condition, such as “Spirit,” “Atman” or “Buddha-Nature.”

An underappreciated aspect of this experience is that it can be both individual, as well as shared. After all, we are both individuals and All-One. The second part of the exercise invites the listeners to establish a connection with each other through eye gazing. While this may be uncomfortable at first (perhaps intensely so depending on whom you’re doing it with) before long you begin to see the other person as they really are (and vice versa). The result is to experience yourself as Being itself, and to see Being looking back at you. From this place, we are able to relate authentically, without the veils of the ego personality, and realize how rare this experience typically is in our lives, even with those whom we many consider to be close.


On a related note, Tim and I also recorded a podcast. This is my longest one yet, so we created a helpful table of contents. The bit about the Hemi-Sync® exercise ends around the 40 minute mark. To understand why no Bible Belt locations were included on Tim’s recent US stand-up philosophy tour, skip to the 1:10:00 mark. As a natural introvert, I was exhausted after the 90 minutes were complete and promptly isolated myself for several days.​

Other News

I was fortunate to be able to attend the Remote Viewing I program with Joe McMoneagle at The Monroe Institute last week. For me, it re-affirmed the understanding of consciousness not being limited by space or time. Some of you may also enjoy watching the new documentary film, Third Eye Spies. However, I’m told that 80% of the remote viewing research took place after 1982 (the film primarily handles subject matter up to that date).

In other news, we are working on curating and producing more blog content. If you would like to contribute a post, or know someone who would, please let us know. It generally needs to relate to one of our main application areas of meditation, relaxation, sleep, concentration, manifestation and wellness. For example, here is a recent article about sound & meditation.

Lastly, we are currently QC’ing the subscription version of our app, Hemi-Sync® Unlimited, which I hope to be writing more about in next month’s letter.

Getting It Out There

For a long while, I feel like we’ve been hanging out alongside Route 29 in Lovington, VA, toiling away in relative anonymity as one of the world’s best kept secrets. Only those “in the know” were aware of us. While it’s kind of cool to have our own little club, it’s also time to start letting everyone know we’re here. Today, many of the world’s problems seem intractable or unsolvable, and they very well may be from a conventional perspective. It is only from expanded states of consciousness that the solutions may come into view, that we may come to see that we aren’t just separate “meat bags” pitted against each other in senseless, endless competition for material resources and ideological supremacy. I firmly believe that the world would be a better place if more people we’re using Hemi-Sync®. Let’s start making it happen. If you found this email to be useful, or even entertaining, please forward it to a friend.

Let’s Keep Meeting Like This?

Well, I guess that’s probably enough for this first letter. I’ll try to start doing this more often (at least once per month). Unless, of course, this triggers a massive number of unsubscribes, in which case I will have more time for my hobbies. Speaking of which, the Chairman is weary now, and in need of a cocktail.

See you in Home or along the way,


Tim Freke

Hemi-Sync Podcast Episode 18: Tim Freke on Being Deep Awake

T!M FREKE is a leading-edge thinker who shares original ideas with clarity and humour. He is the author of 35 books, translated into 15 languages, including a top 10 international bestseller and UK Daily Telegraph ‘Book of the Year’. He presents events internationally, including in the UK, Europe, Japan, South America, Canada and the USA.

This is a long one, so here is a table of contents:
Part I (Philosophy & Hemi-Sync®)
1:14 Philosophy, personal background and awakening
21:10 Gnosis and the Deep Awake practice
26:30 Lucid living
32:12 Partner meditation and eye gazing
Part II Esoterica
43:20 Nature of reality
57:00 Gnostics vs. Literalists
1:01:30 Hermetica & alchemy
1:10:00 The Jesus mystery
1:19:00 Dark Ages, Gnosticism in Arab world, Renaissance
1:22:45 Conclusions for the Modern World

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Learning The Basics of Meditation Through Sound

A woman imagines herself in the clouds with sound meditations through her sound-cancelling headphones.

Elevation through sound meditation.

Sound + Meditation: The Perfect Pair

You probably already know that meditation has been clinically shown to help relieve anxiety, aid sleep, increase concentration, reduce depression and provide numerous therapeutic benefits. The wealth of independent clinical research on the effects of meditation, not to mention the amount of attention it gets in media and from wellness gurus like Gwyneth Paltrow and Amanda Chantal Bacon, make a pretty convincing argument for why it will probably help with issues you’re dealing with (and improve your overall quality of life).

Don’t Be Scared

Even knowing all this, meditating can seem as intimidating as levitating if you don’t know where to start. Chances are, if you’re dealing with the stress of juggling work, a social life, and a million other worries, you don’t have the time to sit cross-legged in silence while you try to figure it out. If you’re a chronic multi-tasker with a diagnosis of A.D.D., like me, the idea of sitting still for that long is anxiety-inducing in itself. If bingeing on Netflix with a bottle of Pinot isn’t giving you the relief you need in the moment, or the long-term balance you seek, it’s probably worth investigating your alternatives.

The Sounds of Silence

Before I started meditating, I resented hearing it discussed in pop culture as a panacea for everything – it’s not that I didn’t believe it would help me, it just seemed remote and inaccessible. What I didn’t know was that I didn’t have to drastically change my lifestyle and have a formal meditation practice to experience the short- and long-term benefits of meditation. All I had to do was listen.

Hearing is Believing

My introduction to meditation was through sound. I had agreed to try a few mindfulness exercises with my therapist, though I was skeptical that it would take. I started with trying to hear and distinguish all of the layers of sound I could hear at any given moment – while walking, in waiting rooms, wherever. I’m no scientist – I can’t explain to you how or why this technique was so effective in familiarizing and making me comfortable with the basics of meditation; all I can tell you is that I, too, have joined the ranks of those annoying people who tout meditation as a cure-all. I got into Hemi-Sync® because sound has always worked as an anchor for me, and now I feel like it is fully integrated into my routine. I can put on a pair of headphones while doing dishes or opening emails, listen to binaural beats, and experience a feeling of serenity and balance that I once doubted was possible.

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Hemi-Sync Podcast Episode 17: Glenn Harrold on a Higher Perspective

Garrett and Glenn Harrold discuss his life, from sleeping on park benches, to budding rock star to internationally known hypnotherapist and self-help expert whose recorded exercises have helped millions. They also discuss ayahuasca, healing, conditioning and what contributes to life satisfaction.

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Chicago Sun-Times: Hemi-Sync® Can Alleviate Stress and Improve Mood

Jenniffer Weigel, a prominent Chicago journalist and radio personality, penned an article explaining the benefits (and increasing popularity) of binaural beats, while mentioning Hemi-Sync® specifically.

Hemi-Sync is a process using binaural beats and audio guidance technology that was created by Robert Monroe after decades of studying sound patterns on human consciousness. While Monroe died in 1995, his research lives on through courses and audio meditations through The Monroe Institute in Virginia.

“You can hook someone up to an EEG and actually see that there’s a physical response happening in the brain because it takes your consciousness and focuses it like a laser beam,” said Garrett Stevens, chairman and president of Hemi-Sync. “Some of the people who have come to the Monroe Institute over the years have been Buddhist monks, and lots of them say ‘I wish I’d known about this earlier’ because to achieve states of consciousness that might take years of sitting on cushions some people can achieve in eight minutes.”

Binaural beat and Hemi-Sync meditations vary in length (a few minutes to an hour) and type (guided with speaking, un-guided with no speaking.) Stevens’ Hemi-Sync site has even catalogued the meditations by category.

“Bob Monroe created these recipes some time ago through hundreds and thousands of trials,” Stevens said. “The general recipes are sleep, relaxation, wellness, creativity, manifestation and meditation.”

Patty Avalon, who has been a teacher at the Monroe Institute since 2000, said participants have also reported an increase in their intuitive and creative abilities after using the meditations.

“The left [brain] hemisphere and the right [brain] hemisphere basically offer very different gifts,” Avalon said. “In our culture we don’t use the right hemisphere in our everyday lives because we live in a culture that has us get up at six in the morning and we go to work and it’s very regulated. So if you can get a technology like this that helps to activate both sides of the brain simultaneously — you have access to your more creative and intuitive self.”


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Hemi-Sync® Featured on WGN Chicago’s “I’m Spiritual Dammit”

WGN’s Jenniffer Weigel interviews Garrett Stevens about the technology of Hemi-Sync® meditation, and how it helps heal trauma, depression, addiction, anxiety, sleeplessness and more.