What are Alpha Brain Waves?
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.
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