Our brains are always active with some form of electrical activity. We have know about these brain waves since 1929 when Electroencephalography was developed by German psychiatrist Hans Berger. It was discovered that the brain emitted an electrical charge that was maintained by billons of neurons. By using sensors attached to the scalp of a patient, the EEG can measure the commulative electrical charge as well as the oscillations at a variety of frequencies. These different frequencies represent different brain states. For example, during sleep, it has been recorded that the brain can undergo various frequencies or states and types of brain activity.
What Are the Different Brainwaves
Gamma – 32Hz up to 100Hz
Gamma waves represent a very awake and alert brain. This state i associated with peak mental performance, focus, concentration and mental acuity.
Beta – Between 16Hz to 31Hz
Although not in a state of hyper mental acuity, the Beta brainwave state is usually associated with task completion, concentration and problem solving. You are sharp, focused and alert but not as optimal as the Gamma waves.
Alpha- Between 8Hz to 15Hz
The Alpha brainwave state represents a very relaxed and pleasurable state of consciousness. This state is mostly associated with stress reduction and creativity. Most artists and musicians achieve this state on a regular basis.
Theta – From 4Hz to 7Hz
TheTheta state of consciousness is usually experienced upon waking ir just before falling asleep. It is the state that most hypno therapists try to induce on their patients. It is also charecterized as a waking dream state. Access to the subconscious is also possible in THeta state.
Delta – Between .1Hz to 3Hz
This is obviously the lowest level of brainwave activity as well as consciousness. This occurs when we are sound asleep.
Here at Life Tips we wholeheartedly recommend that everyone adopt a daily practice of some form of meditation on a regular basis. But, knowing what we know now, is it also possible to induce these states at will without actively practicing meditation? Could we also choose which brainwave state to induce when we wanted to? Below is a great article that offers really valuable information on what technology can do for you for achieving any desired brainwave state.
If you are interested in finding out more about binaural beats and brainwave entrainment, make sure to check out our post.
We actually recommend brainwave entrainment recordings as these have shown to elicit the various brainwave states. A really good resource for these recordings is none other than Youtube. Below is a great free brainwave entrainment video. These work great with the headphones on, Enjoy!
Below is another video example where brainwave entrainment by binaural beats and hypnosis are used to improve self confidence with the listener.