I find the things our brain can do to be amazing, intriguing, and often perplexing 😉
I’ve been researching brainwaves lately… specifically about our brain’s ability to process information and experiences (even while asleep!) better with the use of certain wave levels.
From Brain Wave Entertainment (read the complete article HERE)
Beta – 12hz to 38hz
Wide awake. This is the state you are normally in from the moment you wake up to the time you go to sleep at night. Usually, this state in itself is uneventful, but don’t underestimate its importance. SMR and Beta 1 in particular can be extremely beneficial to people with mental or emotional disorders such as insomnia, depression or ADD. This band can also be used for increasing focus or even IQ!
SMR (sensorimotor rhythm) (12 – 15Hz): Related to body motion. Increasing this can result in relaxed focus, improved attentive abilities. Generally a good thing to increase.
Beta 1 (15 – 20 Hz) – Can increase mental abilities, IQ, focus
Beta 2 (20 – 38Hz) – Highly alert, but also anxious
Alpha – 8hz to 12hz
Awake but relaxed and not processing much information. When you get up in the morning and just before sleep, you are naturally in this state. When you close your eyes your brain automatically starts producing more Alpha waves.
Theta – 3hz to 8hz
REM sleep or extreme relaxation. Theta can also be used for hypnosis, accelerated learning and mental programming (using pre-recorded suggestions).
Theta 1 – (3 – 5 Hz) If suppressed, can improve concentration and ability to focus attention. Generally not a good thing to increase.
Theta 2 – (5 – 8 Hz) Very relaxed and dreamful sleep.
Delta – 0.2hz to 3hz
Deep, dreamless sleep. Delta is the slowest band of brainwaves. When your dominant brainwave is Delta, your body is healing itself and “resetting” its internal clocks. You do not dream in this state and are completely unconscious. Entrainment of the brain at this level is all but impossible. Most of the time, people wishing to enter Delta will have to settle for deep Theta and hope than their mind “drifts” down into Delta on its own.