What Are Alpha Brainwaves?
Alpha waves oscillate between 7 and 13 Hz, and are observed during periods of rest, relaxation and meditation.
High levels of Alpha waves are associated with peaceful feelings, a sense of well-being, deep relaxation, improved academic and mental performance, and improved immune system functioning. Alpha waves are dominant in meditative states, and accompany visualization and idleness of your optical system.
Each time you daydream, relax, or close your eyes, the Alpha activity in your brain increases. Traditional methods of meditation typically require five or more years of practice to reliably produce high levels of Alpha waves.
The Alpha state is an intensely pleasurable and relaxed state of consciousness that is essential to high levels of creativity. Artists, musicians and athletes are prolific producers of Alpha brainwave patterns, as are highly intuitive people. High levels of Alpha brainwaves have been shown to reduce the levels of Cortisol in the body, strengthen the immune system, and counteract the many negative effects of stress.
Normal levels of Alpha waves are usually found to be balanced equally among the right and left hemispheres of your brain.
Depressed individuals often have excessive Alpha brain waves in the left-hemisphere of their brain. High Alpha levels in the frontal parts of the brain have been found in persons who have Attention Deficit Disorder and/or depression.
Alpha brainwaves are the gateway to deeper states of consciousness. When Alpha brainwaves are the dominant pattern in your brain, you can access the wealth of creativity that lies just below your conscious awareness. Your imagination can be unlocked and creative inspiration can flow from deep within the currents of your mind.