The other day we saw that the brain operates in four general states that are determined by the frequency of the electricity generated by the exchange of chemicals in the neural pathways. What this means is that the electrical activity in our brain will change depending on what we are doing. For instance, our brainwaves while sleeping will be vastly different from our brainwaves during work.
Let’s take a closer look at those four states:
Wide awake. This is generally the mental state most people are in during the day and most of their waking lives. Many people lack sufficient Beta activity, which can cause mental or emotional disorders such as depression, and insomnia. Stimulating Beta activity can improve emotional stability, energy levels, attentiveness and concentration.
Awake but relaxed and not processing much information. When you get up in the morning and just before sleep, you are naturally in this state. When you close your eyes your brain automatically starts producing more Alpha waves. Alpha is a very receptive, absorbent mental state, you can also use it for effective self-hypnosis, mental re-programming and accelerated learning.
Light sleep or extreme relaxation. Theta can also be used for hypnosis, accelerated learning and self-programming using pre-recorded suggestions.
Deep, dreamless sleep. Delta is the slowest band of brainwaves. When your dominant brainwave is Delta, your body is healing itself and “resetting” its internal clocks. You do not dream in this state and are completely unconscious.