Brain Waves

Understanding the differences between brain waves will deepen your understanding of neurofeedback.

Understanding Your Brain Waves

Did you know there are 5 distinctly different brain waves that we monitor for neurofeedback?

Knowing the differences between these brain waves is crucial to accurately treating symptoms. For example, ADHD patients are more likely to have dominant Alpha or Theta waves rather than Beta during their waking hours. While all brain waves are typically present, one will be dominant.

Get to Know the 5 Types of Brain Waves

The five brain waves each represent different functions of the brain, and we can tell a lot by determining which is dominant. Learn some of the most critical facts about the five types of brain waves:

1. Delta

– Delta waves have the lowest frequency at 0-4 Hz.
– Optimal Delta waves suggest a healthy immune system, restorative function, and deep sleep.
– Low Delta levels can have a negative impact on sleeping ability
– Delta waves are prevalent in children and babies but fade away with age.

2. Theta

– Theta is a slow brainwave at 4-8 Hz.
– Theta state is the state of REM sleep, lucid dreaming, and hypnosis.
– High Theta state is associated with slow learning and inhibited processing skills.
– Healthy Theta levels suggest strong creative skills and emotional intelligence

3. Alpha

– Alpha waves are mid-level and have a frequency of 8-12 Hz.
– Relaxation and proper regulation of stress are associated with healthy levels of Alpha waves.
– Excessive Alpha waves are symbolic of thinking difficulties and daydreaming.
– When we become stressed, Alpha Blocking can occur where Alpha wave presence diminishes greatly.

4. Beta

– Beta waves are high frequency with 12-40 Hz.
– Beta waves are common when we’re awake, and are associated with logical thought.
– Coffee and stimulants are known to increase Beta production.
– Too much Beta presence will typically lead to feeling over-stimulated and stressed.

5. Gamma

– Gamma waves occur at 40-100 Hz
– Dominant gamma waves imply hyper-alertness, perception, and learning ability.
Meditation can enhance your gamma waves.
– Mentally challenged individuals have lower gamma states than others

Neurofeedback Can Help You Master Your Brain

With advanced equipment, we’re able to see the types of brain waves you’re producing under specific conditions. Knowing the characteristics of each combined with their frequency enables us to draw accurate conclusions about your mental state. Deepening your understanding of these brain waves can help you truly grasp how your brain works in certain situations. Curious which brain state is dominant for you? Contact the Colorado Neurofeedback Center and find out today!