When working with brainwaves or while using binaural beats it is important to understand the functions of the five different brainwaves.
Functions of the 5 Different BrainwavesEdit
The brain is an electrochemical organ that emanates activity in the form of brainwaves. There are five main brainwaves that are experienced by all human beings. They are:
- Beta Waves - Fastest of the five brainwaves yet has a low amplitude. Beta waves are typically experienced when speaking, teaching or engaged in work.
- Alpha Waves - Slower then Beta waves and higher in amplitude. Alpha waves are present when we take time to rest or meditate and when we feel calm and peaceful.
- Theta Waves - Slower then Alpha waves and higher in amplitude. To experience Theta waves we need to have a complete break from conscious reality. They are usually experienced when daydreaming or when we blank out from the word... for example when driving to a destination and suddenly realizing you can't remember the last ten minutes of the drive.
- Delta Waves - Very slow brain frequency and high amplitude. Delta waves are usally experienced when we are in a deep dreamless sleep.
- Gamma Waves - Similar to Beta waves, Gamma waves are most often associated with perception and consciousness. They are usually present during hte process of awakening and during REM sleep.
Well Known Brainwave Frequencies and the States they ProduceEdit
- Less than 4 Hz - Delta waves - Associated with loss of body awareness and deep dreamless sleep.
- 4 - 7 Hz - Theta waves - Associated with dreams, REM sleep and deep meditation.
- 7 - 13 Hz - Alpha waves - Associated with relaxation and drowsiness.
- 13 - 40 Hz - Beta waves - Associated with active or anxious thinking, arousal and cognition.
- Over 40 Hz - Gamma waves - Associated with higher mental activity, perception, problem solving, fear and consciousness.