WHAT ARE BRAIN WAVES?
We all are familiar with the importance and role of brain (source of brain waves) from the day we born till our last breath.
This super powerful organ of our system controls almost every known and unknown phenomena inside us..
Without it, there is no existence of life.
So, brain controls all our activities, emotions, feelings and and of course all the biological processes of our being.
Along with the controlling of body, brain runs important mechanism inside itself.
There are trillions of cells known as neurons working to keep the system alive and the language they communicate with each other is through electrical impulses.
When electrical signals from one neuron passes to another through chemical process, wave frequency is created.
These waves can be detected and measured using sensors placed on the head with machine like EEG (Electro Encephalo Graph) and can be categorized differently according to their frequency and functions.
HOW ARE BRAIN WAVES MEASURED?
Traditionally, brain waves were measured on a huge machine ( Still now, these machine are used in most hospitals to detect any issues regarding brain) ,
Perhaps you’ve seen pictures of people lying in giant machines that record brain activity;
or a man running on a treadmill with dozens of little wires attached to his muscles.
Electroencephalogram is the name of the device used to measure the electrical activity of the brain.
The mechanism of measuring the waves using huge machines are getting replaced by small wearables (mostly bluetooth) which are less expensive and have great ease of use.
LETS DIVE INTO- BASIC TYPES
Basically, there are 5 major types of brainwaves categorized on the basis of their frequency.
- Alpha Waves :– They are typically the wave pattern when the frequency is between 8-13.9 Hz. When we are in relaxed state; like in day dreaming, these waves are being released.
- Beta Waves :- When the wave pattern is measured between 14-30 hz, these waves are in motion. Basically, they are in action when we are wide awake, anxious thinking and generally engaged in some activities.
- Theta Waves :- They are between 4-7.9 Hz, especially active just before sleep, REM sleep, dreaming and while practicing meditation.
- Delta Waves :- These waves are generated especially on deep sleep with a frequency range of 0.1 to 3.9 Hz. Newborns sleep in this stage unlike adults..
- Gamma Waves :- Unlike other waves, these waves gets activated when one is hyper alert having a frequency of more than 31+ Hz and good for higher learnings.
BRAINWAVES SHAPING OUR BEHAVIOR
This statement seems a bit illogical but, from the day we born, we are being controlled by our brain activities.
Balancing brain is one crucial aspect of our formation of beliefs and values from early childhood which is the foundation of our behaviors.
As mentioned earlier, when we are stressed out, anxious or angry, brain waves activated at this moment will mostly be beta waves.
Similarly, when we will be on a clam state , the dominant wave at this moment is alpha.
So, the more dominant brain wave pattern we execute most of the time, the respective state of brain, we can achieve at will.
This is very attainable that we can manipulate the respective behavior by inducing the brain waves pattern associated with it.
For example, if you are anxious and are self conscious of performing in an event, you can always use alpha waves to calm you down prior to that event.
Likewise, if you are too much lazy of completing your task, beta brain waves can be much beneficial.
This is one strong reason of why meditation practitioners are mostly calm on most situations – when meditating, we are mostly on higher alpha or theta range. The more we practice meditation, the more we will be on these range…
Similarly, if we are suffering from insomnia, we can induce brain waves pattern which can invoke sleep state at will.
So, our behaviors are structured by which brain wave pattern is dominant for most of the time. And the best part of this is , we can even alter the limiting behaviours or habit by altering the brain waves at will.
We will be discussing about altering brain waves at will in coming blog posts….
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