Brainwave Characteristics – Why It’s Important!
Beta – The ability to think quickly. When a person is high in beta brainwaves, they can think fast, generate new ideas quickly, and be in a high state of functioning. Great when interviewing for a job or studying for an exam. Excellent for being more social. Many times associated with feeling excited! Other benefits include being goal oriented, a peak performer, having a high level of focus, more energy, positive thoughts, increase in IQ and the ability to write easily and quickly.
Too many Beta brain waves can result in stress, anxiety, paranoia, muscle tension, increased blood pressure, unwanted thoughts, insomnia and addiction.
Alpha – The ability to relax in body and mind. Nervousness drifts away. Higher levels of creativity. Many artists and musicians have higher levels of alpha brain waves. Other benefits include improved problem solving abilities, improved mood and emotional stability, the ability to get in the “zone”, super learning and genius states, enhanced immune system and higher levels of serotonin.
Theta – By relaxing into a theta state of mind is when people have the ability to channel the unknown by communicating with the deceased or be available enough to receive information about the future. Theta brain waves are also associated with sleep and dreaming and happen during day dreaming. Children two and under are in the theta state much more often than adults. Children typically feel more relaxed except when they cry. Problem solving, lower stress levels, better coping abilities, less anxiety. Sometimes people with more theta brain waves can be poorer concentration or a difficulty in focusing, ADD and boredom. Playing video games can shut down the beta brain waves and switch your brain to a visual type of thinking which can produce a creative theta activity on a regular basis.
Delta – Increasing delta brain waves increases the release of anti-aging hormones. (DHEA and melatonin) and decreased levels of cortisol. Delta brain waves can provide you with the ability to read other peoples’ emotions and determine their feelings at an unconscious level. It can create a state of empathy, extreme bliss, advanced healing of the mind and body, it stimulates the pituitary gland and releases the Human Growth Hormone (H.G.H.), help bridge the gap between conscious thought and the subconscious mind, the ability to connect deeper, perfect intuition, connecting with the spiritual body, paranormal experiences and boosted immune system.
Gamma – Considered the brain’s optimal frequency of functioning. They are associated with increased levels of compassion and feelings of happiness. Gamma waves are related to conscious awareness of reality and increased mental abilities. Gamma waves are produced when masses of neurons emit electrical signals at the rate of 38Hz + and have a tiny (virtually unnoticeable) amplitude. They help improve memory and perception. Gamma waves are present in REM and during awake low voltage fast neocortical activity. They are associated with the brain function that holographically synthesizes all the bits of individual data from the various areas of the brain and fuses them all together in a higher perspective.
Theta and Gamma rhythms interact to help the brain package information into coherent images, thoughts and memories. Too much gamma brainwave activity and be associated with stress and anxiety. An increase in gamma brainwaves can awaken you to a clear, conscious perception of reality. It may feel like a huge jolt to your consciousness.
When dreaming, we are in theta yet gamma waves are present. During dreamless sleep, typically the delta brainwave is prominent.
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