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Apr 22, 2017

For the past couple months, I've been toying around with a new app and website called Brain.fm for everything from sleep to focus to creativity. Frankly, I have no clue how it works, but it can knock me out like a baby for sleep, especially for napping or when I wake up in the middle of the night, it puts me directly into "The Zone" when I'm writing fiction or reading, and when I play it on an airplane I doze off like a baby. I do know that it is far different than binaural beats and white noise, but know little else about the science behind Brain.fm, so for for today's episode, I managed to get the minds behind Brain.fm on the podcast to explain how you can use sound waves and artificial intelligence for sleep, focus, creativity and beyond.

During today's podcast, I interview Junaid Kalmadi, the CEO Co-Founder of Brain.fm, along with Adam Hewett, the mastermind behind the sound innovation and technology, and during our discussion, you'll discover: Adam has been innovating with audio and brain stimulation for 14 years. Prior to brain.fm, Adam invented the first research focused entrainment software used by auditory neuroscientists and research labs around the world. Mind WorkStation (brain.fm’s predecessor) remains the gold standard for auditory stimulation and branches of neuroscience. He holds a patent on a method of his own invention for embedding brainwave stimulation into audio among others pending. Junaid specializes in transporting innovation breakthroughs made in R&D to a consumer product experience that's easy for any human to use. Since April 2014, Junaid lead the company to growing to 300k+ users, 3 to 13 people in team size, published 2 pilot studies from respected neuroscientists, and featured on Inc Magazine, Guardian, Newsweek, New York Observer, Futurism. Entrepreneur Magazine, Forbes, Vice, TechCrunch, Mashable, etc. Brain.fm also partnered with the team USA Olympic Wrestling team to help their insomnia & performance anxiety during preparation for the Rio Olympics in 2016. Their advisory board consists of leading auditory neuroscientists, notable serial entrepreneurs and angel investors.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-What exactly is BrainFM...[8:45]

-How music can create neuronal oscillations in your brain...[13:00]

-Why listening to Bach or Beethoven for long periods of time can actually distract and "stress" your brain...[19:00]

-How the music and soundtracks used in brain.fm is different than binaural beats (and the unfortunate reality of binaural beats research)...[ 25:30]

-The fascinating artificial intelligence software that Adam invented to use "note-bots" for creating music for sleep, focus and creativity...[32:10]

-Whether any actual studies exist on the use of something like brain.fm to changing brain wave states...[44:15]

-The best kind of headphones to use with brain.fm...[50:45]

-And much more!

Resources from this episode: -Brain.fm app and website -SleepPhones (Headphones For Enhancing Sleep or Naps) -My recent article on how I use brain.fm for naps -Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones 

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Junaid, Adam or me? Leave your comments at BenGreenfieldFitness.com and one of us will reply!