Alpha brainwave cycle within the frequency range of 8Hz to 12Hz and were the first brainwave frequency range to be discovered. It was found by an Austrian research psychiatrist in 1908 and named it Alpha Brainwave because it was the first brainwave to be discovered ("Alpha means "first" in Greek)
Alpha brainwave are the dominant brainwave activity when the body is relax and can turn on our creativity. When you take the time to breath deeply, meditate, or close your eyes, there will be a big increase in the amount of alpha brainwave activity inside your brain. You may experience this brainwave if you practice yoga or even drinking alcohol. They are commonly produced in synchronized fashion connecting both hemispheres of your brain but can be found solely in the right hemisphere.
Teen or child tend to have more alpha brainwave in their brain than the adult. Most people are lacking alpha brainwave due to the environment that promote stress, tension, nervous and anxiety. This make your brain shifted to a fast-paced state of mind consisting of beta brainwave.
Emotion Stability and More Relax
Alpha wave will put you in a calm emotional state. Your body has zero stress or other feelings of being nervous. Increasing your alpha wave automatically leads to decreasing your fears, tension, stress, nerves, and anxiety. Alpha wave increased release of an important neurotransmitter called “Serotonin” which act as natural antidepressant. Serotonin production usually drops to lower than normal levels in your brain when you feel depressed.
Enhanced Problem Solving and Creativity
The problem with lacking alpha wave is that your left-hemisphere is pulling all the weight in solving a problem, while your right-hemisphere has a solution waiting to communicate to the left. Alpha wave integrate both hemispheres of your brain for better communication and clearer thinking. Producing alpha wave will shut down the left brain and allows the right brain to expose new and creative idea. You certainly won’t feel mentally “stuck” in the alpha state. Artists, singers and writers are generally found to have higher alpha activity than the average person.
Optimal Athletic Performance
The 10 Hz alpha brainwave frequency is commonly referred to as a peak performance state of mind. There has been conclusive evidence from studies with professional basketball players and golfers that show alpha wave increasing in their left brain hemisphere just before making a free-throw or shooting a great golf shot. In players that did not make the shot, beta brainwave flooded their left hemisphere. Professional athletes are much more likely to show the alpha rhythm, while novices and intermediate players show virtually none.
Ability to Tap Super Learning
You are able to remember and retain information easily. The ability to absorb large amount of information increase drastically and you do not require so much effort to learn new thing. This is due to the fact that both hemispheres of your brain are integrated and communicating with each other very well.
Improved Immune System Functioning
Your alpha wave are responsible for pump up your immune system. They have been linked to self-healing and prevention of illness. Stress can harm the immune system because it release harmful chemicals such as epinephrine (adrenaline) which can lead to the production of cortisol hormone.
Calm Mind and Can Think Positive
Alpha wave can put you in a calm emotional state. You are able to deal with life’s problems easily and aren’t overanxious or too relaxed. You are somewhere in between overstimulation and understimulation. In essence, you’re mind is balanced and in an optimal state of functioning. Research has found that the alpha wave rhythm of 10hz frequency can access positive state of mind, positive mood and overall feeling of wellness.