Below are descriptions of the different types of brainwave that our brains use throughout our everyday life, including showing the characteristics created by each one, what effects they have and the benefits of binaural beats used within each brainwave frequency.
Gamma Brainwaves - Frequency Range: Above 40Hz
Gamma Brainwaves are the fastest and highest frequency brainwaves, they are associated with high mental activity, alertness, heightened perception, the feeling of being in the zone and high level information processing.
They are considered to be the brains information and sensory binding brainwave, that are able to link and process information from all parts of the brain and they are also known to boost your perception of reality through your five senses.
They are the newest found brainwave and are the least known about, thus there are not as many products at this time as the others, a lot of the binaural beats that contain gamma brainwaves are described as having high beta brainwaves.
One of the best effects from using gamma brainwave entrainment is that you will naturally begin to feel more kindness and compassion towards others and internally happier.
Binaural beats in the gamma brainwave frequency promote better focus, greater inspiration, increased mental processing, better memory and a higher intelligence for complex problem solving and extra-sensory perception.
Beta Brainwaves - Frequency Range: 14Hz - 40Hz
Beta brainwaves are the most commonly used brainwaves, they are slower than gamma brainwaves and are present with our normal awake state where we are actively awake, thinking, concentrating, using memory and processing information.
The beta state is the realm of our conscious and is often called the conscious mind.
Beta brainwaves towards the lower frequency range are associated with alertness, concentration, motivation, as well as logical thinking, reasoning and critical thinking, while beta brainwaves towards the higher frequency range are associated with negative things like stress, anxiety and restlessness. The voice of beta is the nagging little inner critic that gets louder the higher you go up in the frequency range.
Binaural beats in the beta brainwave frequency (usually the lower end of the frequency range) can sharpen your focus and logical thinking, increase energy and improve alertness.
Alpha Brainwaves - Frequency Range: 7.5Hz - 14Hz
Alpha brainwaves are slower than beta brainwaves and when in alpha we are still in the awake state though feel relaxed, calm, peaceful and reflective, they are associated with relaxation, high focus, concentration and reasoning.
The voice of alpha is your intuition which becomes clearer and more profound the closer we get to the lower frequency range, though they can create drowsiness when we are at the lowest end.
Alpha brainwaves are present in deep relaxation with the eyes closed, when you're day-dreaming and during light meditation. When in this state it is an optimal time to program the mind for success and it also heightens your imagination, visualisation, memory, learning and concentration.
Binaural beats in the alpha frequency promote deep relaxation, light meditation, intense focus and super learning.
The Alpha-Theta Border - Frequency Range: 7Hz - 8Hz
The Alpha-Theta border at 7Hz - 8Hz is the optimal range for visualization, mind programming and where using the power of the mind begins, this is the mental state where you consciously create your reality, at this frequency you are conscious of your surroundings, however your body is in deep relaxation.
Theta Brainwaves - Frequency Range: 4Hz - 7.5Hz
Theta brainwaves are slower than alpha brainwaves and range from us being in a drowsy and daydreamy state, through to being in light sleep, they are also associated with high level creativity.
Theta brainwaves are experienced when we shut off from conscious reality, such as when driving somewhere and suddenly realizing that you cannot remember certain parts of the journey, you have probably drifted off into the this frequency.
They are present during deep meditation and light sleep, including the all important REM dream state. In this theta state, it is said that a deep spiritual connection and unity with the universe can be experienced, your minds most deep seated programs are at the theta state and it is where you experience vivid visualizations, outstanding inspiration, profound creativity and exceptional insight.
The theta state is the realm of your subconscious and is only experienced momentarily when you drift off to sleep from the alpha state or awaken from deep sleep from the delta state.
Binaural beats in the theta brainwave frequency can help you experience deep meditation, vivid visualizations, profound creativity, REM sleep and exceptional insights.
Delta Brainwaves - Frequency Range: 0.5Hz - 4Hz
Delta brainwaves are the slowest and lowest frequency of all the brainwaves, they are experienced when in deep dreamless sleep and in very deep transcendental meditation where awareness is fully detached.
The delta state is the realm of your unconscious mind and the gateway to the universal mind, which is also known as the collective unconscious where external information is received, this information is unavailable to the conscious mind
Deep sleep experienced in the delta state is important for the healing process as it's linked with deep healing and regeneration, hence the fact that not getting enough sleep is detrimental to your health in more ways than one.
Binaural beats in the delta brainwave frequency can help promote better sleep and cure insomnia, they can also foster profound deep relaxation and transcendental meditation where there is a loss of body awareness.