What Are Theta Brain Waves?
Theta Brain Waves are the second slowest frequency of brain waves. They typically cycle at a rate of 4-7 times per second (4 Hz – 7 Hz). Theta Brain Waves have long been associated with early stages of sleep and the process of dreaming. Theta Brain Waves are of high amplitude and usually kick in when you experience powerful surges of emotion. Theta Waves have been associated with states of enhanced creativity, “Super Learning,” deeper relaxation, day-dreaming, and sleep-dream activity.
Theta Brain Waves can kick in when you have a spiritual experience or while you are in a highly-creative state. On other occasions, Theta Waves may dominate our brain wave activity when we are not able to concentrate. People with attention-deficit problems (ADD and ADHD) are not able to shift out of the Theta State when events that require focus (i.e. Taking a test) arise. This makes school work much harder for people with attention problems. However, the majority of healthy people are able to naturally shift their brainwave state from Beta to Alpha to Theta and back from Theta to Alpha to Beta in cases where extreme mental focus is required.