Recent research suggests the stimulation of alpha brainwaves may help make you to be more creative and help with anxiety, depression and other sicknesses. How can we boost Alpha brainwaves and what are they?
the cells in your brain, called neurons, use electricity to communicate with each other. This communication is called brain waves, cause in a computer-generated electroencephalography (EEG) are wavelike patterns created.
The human brain is made up of billions of cells called neurons that communicate with each other via electrical signals. This communication is the origin of all your thoughts, emotions and behaviours. And it happens at some level whether you’re wide awake, resting or sleeping.
Scientists now believe there are 5 different types of human brainwaves, all of which move at different speeds (measured in hertz). These brainwaves change constantly throughout the day according to what you’re doing and feeling. For instance, when you’re producing predominantly slower brainwaves, you feel calm and relaxed. But when higher-frequency brainwaves are dominant, you’re super alert.
In this article we take a closer look to what brainwaves are and how we can stimulate them.
These brainwaves are produced when you’re in a deep, dreamless sleep. They are the slowest type of brainwave, measuring 0.5-3Hz. Some scientists claim healing and regeneration are stimulated when the brain is predominantly producing delta waves.
Theta waves are also produced during sleep, but only during light sleep. They are measured with 3 – 8Hz. They may also be produced during very deep meditation or extreme relaxation. They might to be useful for hypnotherapy, since the brain may be particularly receptive during theta.
Alpha waves are produced, when you are awake but relaxed and not processing much information. Measured with 8 – 12Hz. Alpha waves can be found, first thing in the morning, just before you go to sleep, when you’re daydreaming or practicing meditation. Alpha activity has been linked in studies to a reduction in stress, anxiety, discomfort and pain. It may also help with memory.
Betawaves are produced, when you are wide awake, alert, mental activities, solving problems and making decisions. They are running at a speed of 12 – 30Hz. Most of us are producting theese fast running brain waves during our waking lives.
The fastest of the brain waves, gamma waves are running between 25 – 100Hz and have been detected while memory processing, language and learning.
All of these brainwaves are generated by your brain at all times, though only one will dominate, depending on what you’re doing, thinking or feeling.
Many experts believe increasing alpha activity help reduce stress and anxiety. Scientists writing in the journal “Cortex” have also provided evidence that enhancing alpha waves boost creativity by an average of 7.4%. Creative people are indeed thought to have increased alpha waves activity.
The same researchers also claim there’s strong evidence that people with depression have a lack of alpha waves activity. They suggests improving alpha brain patterns may be a potential way of treating low mood and depression.
Here is how to tune into the Alpha waves:
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2. Close your eyes
Each time you close your eyes – especially when you’re doing some visualisation – your brain produces higher levels of alpha waves.
3. Take a deep breath
Deep breathing exercises and pranayama can boost your alpha waves. Try sitting comfortably, and breathe in gently through your nose and out through your mouth.
4. Have a relaxing bath
If you can close your eyes and switch off while soaking in the tub, you know what it’s like to generate alpha waves.
5. Do Yoga
Or any activity that relaxes you, such as listening to soothing music, painting, drawing or having a massage.