Alpha Brain Waves Information

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Alpha Brain Waves Background Information

Alpha Brain Waves are brain waves within the documented frequency range of 8 Hz to 12 Hz on an E.E.G. and were the first brainwave frequency range to be discovered.  In 1908, an Austrian research psychiatrist was the first individual to find “brain waves.”  He happened to have found the range of brain waves cycling at a rate of 8 Hz to 12 Hz per second.  He named them Alpha Waves (“Alpha” translates to “first” in Greek) due to the fact that they were the first brainwave range to be found and observed in an electroencephalograph (E.E.G.).

Thousands of brainwave researchers have taken the time to learn more about our brainwave frequencies and states of consciousness.  Researchers have found that Alpha Brain Waves are associated with states of peace and relaxation.  Not everyone even has Alpha Brain Waves due to the fact that they diminish when you get stressed out, nervous, or tense.  If this is the case, your brain will shift to a fast-paced state of mind consisting of Beta Brain Waves.

When you take the time to breath deeply, meditate, or close your eyes, there will be a big increase in the amount of alpha brainwave activity inside your brain.  Alpha Brain Waves are not the slowest brain waves though.  Theta Brain Waves, which cycle from 4 Hz to 7 Hz (e.g. 4-7 times per second) are associated with early stages of sleep.  Even slower than Theta Waves is range of Delta Brain Waves which cycle from 1 Hz to 4 Hz (e.g. 1-4 times per second).  Delta Brain Waves are associated with deep sleep and being completely unconscious.

How You Can Experience Alpha Brain Waves

If you want to improve the overall functioning of your brain and improve the quality of your life, you should work to increase your Alpha Brainwave activity.  This will do all of the following:  improve your ability to learn, significantly reduce stress and anxiety levels, bring you to a state of peak performance and mental processing, enhance your immune system, allow you to think outside the box (i.e. be more creative), and help you stay relaxed.  Check out the  Brainwave Entrainment technology section and read below for more information discussing the benefits you can experience from increasing your Alpha Brain Waves.

Benefits of Alpha Brain Waves

Due to the fact that many people are short on Alpha Brain Waves, it is a good idea to learn how they can be increased.  People who suffer from anxiety, nervousness, insomnia, or other stress related problems usually are not able to reap the benefits of the alpha brain waves range.  Though each brainwave state has benefits, it is most common that people are lacking the alpha range.

When a person is lacking in alpha brainwave activity, rapid thinking and overthinking usually occur.  They may get adrenaline rushes and lack the ability to concentrate.  Think of Alpha Brain Waves as the third gear on a four speed bike.  You need to be able to shift from the fastest paced fourth gear (Beta) in order to get to third gear (Alpha), and you need to shift from the third gear in order to get to second gear (Theta).  And you finally must be able to shift from the second gear (Theta) in order to reach the first, slowest speed gear (Delta).

Just like each and every gear is important in the shift process of gear shifting on a bike ride, each brain wave frequency range is important to have in your brain in order to optimally deal with life’s experiences.  People who are able to shift their brain waves from a highly focused, motivated, fast-paced and excited (Beta) state to a more relaxed, flowing, calm state (Alpha) – are able to better deal with stressful situations and cope with life.  Unfortunately though, not everyone has the ability to get out of the overstimulated state of mind (Beta).

The ability to produce Alpha Brain Waves does not come easy for all people.  In fact, some people have never experienced them their entire lives.  These people don’t know what it feels like to slow down from stress or rapid-thinking.  There is nothing wrong with being in a Beta state of mind, however, if we access that state for too long and forget to return to Alpha, our mental health will suffer (e.g. lack of concentration) as well as the health of our body (e.g. high blood pressure from stress).

Alpha Brain Waves can be of benefit to you because they will help you stay relaxed and will literally melt away all of your stress.  They have been documented to improve learning, memory, and social interaction.  They also have been known to cure anxiety and insomnia in some individuals.  It is known that people who have lower anxiety tend to have significantly more Alpha Brainwave activity than those who are nerved up.

Another interesting benefit from Alpha brain waves is that they have been known to boost your immune system.  This basically translates to you getting sick less often.  If you take some time to think about this statement, it makes perfect sense due to the fact that people who are stressed out (e.g. in a Beta state) tend to get sick a lot.  Staying calm and relaxed will build up immunity and you sure won’t be getting sick as often.

Alpha Brain Waves have also been associated with creativity.  Researchers have discovered that most creative individuals tend to have more Alpha activity than those who are too logical and unoriginal.  So if you were to work on increasing your Alpha waves, you would almost positively be increasing your ability to tap into a highly creative state.  Problem solving, “super learning, and peak performance have also been known to skyrocket as a result of an increase in Alpha Brain Waves. If you would like more information regarding Alpha Brain Waves, I highly recommend checking out the articles below.


  1. Alpha Brain Waves: Definition, Functions, Benefits
  2. How To Increase Alpha Brain Waves
  3. Drugs That Increase Alpha Brain Waves
  4. Can Too Many Alpha Brain Waves Cause Problems?

Can Too Many Alpha Brain Waves Cause Problems?

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Before you read this post, be sure to review this linked article about Alpha BrainWaves so that you don’t get any skewed or misguided impressions.

Can Alpha Brain Waves cause problems?

When a person becomes “stuck” in one brain wave range for prolonged periods of time and cannot seem to access another state, then problems can arise.  Though being in the alpha brain wave range is generally considered to be the safest state of mind, too much alpha brainwave activity can be a cause for concern.  You do not need to increase your alpha brain waves if you already feel you have plenty of alpha activity.  Though it is not common to experience problems from increasing your alpha brain waves, there may be drawbacks from doing so if you already had adequate alpha activity in the first place.

Too much Alpha Brain Wave activity may cause:

  • Difficulties in Your Ability to Focus – Though most people actually experience increased focus with an alpha brain wave increase, some individuals will clearly not benefit.  If you have ADD or feel that mental slowness is causing a difficulty in your ability to focus, increasing your alpha brain waves may make things worse.  Focus difficulties arising from alpha increases only apply to a minority of people.
  • I Can’t Stop Daydreaming… – Amplifying your alpha brain waves may cause too much unwanted daydreaming activity throughout your day.  If you are trying to cut back on daydreaming, then alpha waves are not suggested as a brain wave range to increase.  Having some daydreams throughout the day is healthy, but if you are already having too many, stay away from alpha waves.
  • Feeling Depressed – Though most people actually experience a natural antidepressant feeling from increasing alpha brain waves, some people become more depressed.  If alpha brain waves are making you feel depressed, it is likely that your brain’s left-hemisphere has too much slow-wave activity and not enough beta.  Synchronized alpha waves (i.e. the same amount in the left and right hemispheres of the brain) is not usually a sign of depression.  Here’s a little rule to follow: If your depression is resulting from overstimulation (e.g. stress, fear, anxiety), then an increase in alpha will be of benefit.  However, if you are sluggish, tired, drowsy and feel depressed (e.g. understimulation), you should stay away from the alpha range and use beta entrainment instead.
  • I Feel Tired… *Yawns* – If you are feeling tired during the day, drowsy, sleepy, or fatigued, your alpha waves do not need an increase.  Alpha brain waves have been linked to feeling tired in certain people.  When you are entraining alpha waves, you may experience temporary feelings of drowsiness; this is a sign that your brain waves are adjusting to a new frequency range.
  • Nothing is Exciting – This problem is fairly uncommon.  You may lack feelings of excitement if you already have too much alpha activity.  Though it is usually theta waves that are the primary culprit for this, alpha waves can sometimes play a role in your lack.   You may already feel relaxed and have a clear mind, but want some excitement back in your life; this is a sign that you already have adequate alpha activity.
  • Your Visual Awareness & Acuity – It makes perfect sense that alpha brain waves are associated with a lack of optical acuity and visual awareness due to the fact that when you close your eyes, alpha brainwave activity increases.  Simply put:  the visual processing center in your brain slows down.  I experienced a noticeable shift in my vision system after partaking in alpha entrainment.

The final word:

Alpha brain waves are usually very beneficial to increase in comparison to other ranges.  There are also significantly less resulting problems from increasing the alpha range than other ranges.  Re-read the primary article describing Alpha Waves and decide for yourself whether an increase in this brain wave range would be of benefit to you.  If you have decided that an increase in Alpha brain waves would be helpful – I have many featured products that will quickly get you into an alpha state.  I recommend Neuro-Programmer 2 and MindWorkstation for the most powerful alpha entrainment.