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Wave Hello to Your Brainwaves: Your Brain's Operating System

Neuronal oscillations, better known as brain waves, are a measurement of activity in our brains. The more we know about our brain waves, the better we can focus, sleep, and maintain our balance — key to supporting brain health.

Brain waves operate as a result of neurons connecting with each other and communicating through electrical currents. These communications generate pulses, resulting in what we call a brain wave. We can measure and observe their various forms outside of the brain through sensors attached to our scalp that observes and measures our brain wave frequencies, known as electroencephalography (EEG).

There are different brain waves for different thoughts and experiences. Neuronal communication occurs between different regions within the brain, which results in our different brain wave oscillations. There are five different types of brain waves: Delta, Theta, Alpha, Beta, and Gamma.

Catching some Zzz’s: Your Delta brain waves 0.5-4 Hz

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We experience Delta brain waves during our deepest stages of sleep, making them the slowest recorded brain waves. This kind of sleep is most often dreamless, and exists as a state of rejuvenation (making it very important to get enough sleep each night). Without enough deep sleep through Delta waves at night, our body begins to lose its ability to become rejuvenated, which can adversely affect other body systems such as the immune system and cognitive function.

We can maximize our restorative sleep to ensure we experience our Delta brain waves each night during deep sleep. In doing so, our neurons receive the rest they need to ensure a productive day tomorrow and a healthy brain for the long-term.

For the daydreamers: Theta Brain waves
4-8 Hz

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At the center of our daydreaming, lighter levels of sleep, and emotional connection and relaxation is the classification of Theta brain waves. In this state, we're more relaxed and thinking moves more clearly, boosting creativity and intuition. We are withdrawn from our external senses and more focused on internal happenings, like the imagery we experience as we begin to dream at night.

Yogis rejoice: Get zen with your Alpha Brain waves
8-12 Hz

alpha brain waves

When we are feeling slight relaxation both physically and mentally, we are experiencing Alpha Brain waves. We’re still awake at this point, however our eyes may be closed such as when we are doing yoga or before falling asleep. Our mind is mostly idle –– absent of critical thinking, like when we are doing something relaxing such as painting or listening to music.

To maintain our best balance, we recommend taking your Restore Dayli for optimum cognitive restoration.

For the to-do list enthusiast: Beta Brain waves
13-32 Hz

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Functioning at a high frequency and a low amplitude, Beta brain waves are involved in logical thinking, accomplishing tasks throughout the day, and socialization. A little too much Beta can result in stress and end up draining us of energy. When we engage in just the right amount of focus with our Beta waves, our conscious thought and logical thinking can thrive.

When we want to operate within our Beta brain waves to accomplish what we need to get done, we can encourage heightened focus and productivity through taking Focus Clearli.

When you’re fully in the zone: Gamma Brain waves
32 – 100 Hz

gamma brain waves

The highest frequency of all the brain waves, Gamma brain waves occur when we are at peak perception and expanded consciousness. Because they are somewhat rare, many try to “hack” into their Gamma waves to operate at a heightened level of focus through meditation.

Can we train our brain waves to boost our brain health?

Hacking into your brain waves has become a new trend. People who wish to optimize their focus or sleep often use meditation to do so. Another method? Using what are known as binaural beats to engage in specific brain wave frequencies through audio software. You can learn more about it here. Ultimately, we can use the knowledge of our our brain waves function to optimize our rest, focus, and cognitive restoration.

To adequately ensure that our brains are functioning with the brain waves we need for restoration, focus, and total balance, we can provide our brains the nutrients they need to do so. For restful sleep that encourages neuronal healing and rejuvenation through Delta waves, incorporating Sleep Peacefulli into your nightly routine is a must. When maximizing our productivity with our Beta brain waves, we can encourage steady focus through taking Focus Clearli an hour before we'd like to be at peak performance. For long-term health and balance, taking Restore Dayli each morning is key to promoting a brain healthy lifestyle. 

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