Parenthood is a wonderful time in our lives. For some parents, it starts off as a bit challenging, while some have a natural ability to breeze through it. Watching your baby grow and develop from early in your pregnancy right up until the day they leave for college is truly a remarkable journey.
The most fascinating, however, is your baby’s brain development. Did you know you can actually accelerate this brain development once your baby is born, by delta wave music?
What are Delta Waves?
Delta waves are the type of brain wave that has high oscillation frequencies. They are associated with NREM sleep, particularly the third stage, known as slow-wave sleep. Since babies have consistent sleeping patterns, they have higher activity of delta waves.
These waves are dominant in babies from early in pregnancy until about 5 years of age. Delta waves are responsible for a deep state of dreamless sleep.
What are the Benefits of Delta Wave Music?
Besides contributing to sleep patterns, delta waves are also helpful in brain development when combining with educational toys method. Here are 5 great ways your baby can benefit from Delta wave music:
1. Simulate the womb environment
Delta wave music helps your infant to feel as though they are still inside the womb. They associate this with feeling safe, calm and relaxed. Simulating this environment can help your baby sleep better after birth leading to good brain development.
2. Create Stability
Adapting to a new environment can be challenging for your baby. Sounds and sensations can be exhausting to a newborn. Being able to stabilize their sleeping routine with delta wave music can help to relieve stress allowing their brain to focus on growing.
3. Create longer sleep cycles
You can help your baby to have longer sleep cycles by playing delta wave music. This music transmits brain waves that fade out the external world and disturbances, allowing your baby to easily fall to sleep. This essentially calms any hyperactivity the baby might be feeling and induces longer sleep cycles for better brain development.
4. Facilitate Memory-making and Learning
Regular sleeping patterns help babies to grow steadily while committing their experiences to memory. Studies have shown that babies with good, steady sleeping patterns are more intelligent and produce higher cognitive scores.
Since it is vital to remember the abstract things happening around them every day, babies need good quality sleep to commit these to memory, which ultimately leads to faster learning and better brain development.
5. Have a Happy Baby
Since delta wave music helps to induce calm sleep, your baby will wake up happy and feeling well-rested. Babies with shorter sleep cycles tend to be more grumpy and irritable, compared to babies who sleep for longer periods of time. This also means your baby will be more active, which in turn contributes to accelerated brain development.
Available in a range of genres and music patterns, delta wave music therapy is one of the most popular techniques to help babies and infants sleep better while improving brain development. As new parents, having a baby that sleeps for longer periods of time means you too can have longer sleep cycles.