Delta brainwave are the brain’s slowest frequency range cycling at a rate of 1-4 times per second (e.g. 1 Hz – 4 Hz), but are the highest in amplitude and are responsible for the slowest form of mental processing. Like other slower brainwaves patterns, delta brainwave are generated in the right hemisphere, though they may be observed in widespread patterns throughout various parts of the brain. Delta brainwave become active in your brain when you are in the deeper stages of sleep (e.g. stage 3 and stage 4). If you’ve ever woken up and felt irritable, unconscious, confused, or disorientated, you likely woke up during your delta stage of sleep. They are associated with being completely unconscious (i.e. you usually won’t know or remember anything while Delta brainwave are dominant).
People with high amounts of delta brainwave have been found to have increased empathy (or understanding of others’ emotions) and access to the unconscious mind. Individuals who are therapists, guides, teachers, and those into professions which involve helping others tend to have delta brainwave while awake. It has been said that this unconscious brainwave give them more understanding and access to other individuals’ mental and emotional state.
Benefits of increasing delta
Release of Anti-Aging Hormones
One of the associated benefits of increasing your delta brainwave is the release of anti-aging hormones. The delta brainwave pattern stimulates the release of melatonin and DHEA, the powerful anti-aging hormones. The delta brainwave are also associated with decreased levels of cortisol, a hormone linked to stress that has been scientifically proven to speed up the aging process.
State of Empathy
Delta brainwave can provide you with the ability to read other peoples emotions and determine their feelings at unconscious levels. In healthy amounts, delta brainwave cause a person to have an advanced state of empathy, understanding, and compassion for others. If you are always able to relate to others and can read other people’s minds, you probably have more delta than the average person. If you find yourself getting into trouble for not being considerate enough or for stepping on other people’s toes, you may have less overall delta brainwave activity.
Advanced meditation practices and yogic traditions have associated the delta brainwave frequency range with a feeling of all-encompassing bliss. Since most people aren’t able to consciously experience the delta brainwave state, it may be tough to feel extreme bliss from the delta waves like the yogis, monks, or advanced meditators. With that said, there have been people that have testified to feeling the bliss associated with the delta wave while performing extremely deep meditation.
Advanced Healing of Body and Mind
The delta brainwave rhythm is known to completely rejuvenate, replenish, and heal the entire body and brain. The delta brainwave revives the body after a hard day by regenerating necessary chemicals while a person is asleep. Due to the deepest levels of relaxation that the delta wave provides, the body and mind are easily able to restore themselves after minor stress, a rigorous workout, or after boosting your brain power.
Human Growth Hormone (H.G.H.) Release
The delta brainwave is associated with the stimulation of the pituitary gland, which in-turn, is able to release human-growth-hormone (H.G.H.). It doesn’t release enough for you to skyrocket in height and weight. The delta wave will not provide adults with a second version of puberty. With that said, there is evidence that it does release slight amounts of H.G.H. in certain individuals. If you are looking to increase your H.G.H., you should definitely consider using delta brainwave entrainment and evaluate how it works out for you!
Connection with Unconscious Mind
Though the alpha and theta wave are capable of bridging the gap between conscious thoughts and the subconscious mind, the delta wave allows us to connect deeper. Iit allows us to connect with the deepest possible level of our consciousness. The goal of many meditation practices is to experience and consciously control the unconscious mind. The subconscious mind, or our brain’s right-hemisphere, becomes activated when slower brainwaves like alpha, theta, and delta waves kick in. If you spend too much time in beta, it may feel incredible to finally relax and give yourself a chance to connect with your deepest sense of awareness.
Deepest Possible Level of Mind and Body Relaxation
Delta wave while a person is conscious or awake, are extremely rare. However, advanced meditators and infants, are 2 groups of people that are able to enjoy the deeply relaxing benefits of the delta wave. The delta wave is associated with extreme relaxation, yet completely unconscious mental processes.
Ever have a powerful gut-instinct that helped you make a good decision? Or a gut-instinct that you should’ve followed? If we get ourselves too caught up in the upper brainwave patterns of beta, our intuitiveness becomes severely damaged. As you increase your theta brainwaves and your delta brainwaves, your intuition will increase and so will your ability to recognize the feelings in your “gut.” There are some disagreements as to whether or not the theta brainwave patterns are better for intuition vs. the delta brainwave patterns, but most research suggests that if you can become consciously aware in the delta brainwave state, you will have a nearly perfect sense of intuition.
Connecting with the Spiritual Body
Many consider the delta wave to bridge the conscious mind with higher planes of reality, the subconscious mind and the unconscious mind. Advanced spiritual gurus have considered the lowest brainwave pattern, delta, one that connects their spirit and their body to a universal life energy. Becoming consciously aware of experiencing the delta brainwave frequencies has been associated with the deepest sense of spirituality, highest sense of internal awareness, and feeling directly connected to a Higher Power.
People are especially open to O.O.B.E.’s (Out Of Body Experiences), astral travel, connecting with spiritual beings (i.e. “spirit guides,” “angels,” etc.), E.S.P., and other phenomenon in the delta brainwave range. Though most paranormal and psychic experiences can be argued to be real or fake, there is evidence that most people tend to have them when their brain is producing higher than average amounts of delta, and /or theta brainwaves. Though spiritual experiences and phenomena are commonly experienced in the theta brainwave state, the delta brainwave state has been associated with many too!
Boosted Immune System
Increasing your delta brainwaves can lead to a boosted immune system due to the fact that delta brainwaves are associated with age-reversal or slowing, the production of healthy hormones, and significantly decreased amounts of stress. Increasing your delta brainwaves can lead to a boosted immune system due to the fact that delta brainwaves are associated with healing and rejuvenation of the body. Stress and too much anxiety can do harm to the immune system by releasing harmful chemicals such as epinephrine (adrenaline) and too much of the hormone: cortisol, associated with the adrenaline release. The delta brainwave releases pleasant chemicals and neurotransmitters to help keep your immune system at arguably its highest rate of performance.
Drawback of too much delta
If you’ve ever been told that you worry too much about the emotions of others or literally “feel what others are feeling,” chances are good that you have too much delta. While some people may enjoy increased empathy, others may feel like they are too caught up in other people’s emotional lives. The delta brainwave can definitely make you pack on too many extra emotions if you aren’t prepared.
Extremely Unfocused Mind
Not everyone may particularly enjoy an increased amount of delta brainwaves in their waking E.E.G. The delta brainwave range has been linked to extremely unfocused, unconscious thinking, and ADD. The delta brainwave range can increase mental fogginess, dreaming, and forgetfulness. If you are already extremely unfocused, increasing your delta brainwaves isn’t recommended.
Since the delta brainwave pattern has been linked to the deepest stages of dreamless sleep, increasing this brainwave may make you feel more sleepy than you normally do. The delta brainwave is found in individuals that are sound asleep. Drowsiness and extreme sleepiness will occur if the delta brainwave is displayed while a person is awake. When increasing your delta brainwaves, it is extremely common to fall asleep as your brain is being trained. You will wake up feeling refreshed though. It is very difficult to stay aware in the delta state of consciousness unless you are advanced in the practice of meditation.
Because the brain is functioning at the slowest possible brainwave pattern, the central nervous system uses up virtually zero energy. All of the energy that you’ve accumulated throughout the day from eating food needs to be put to use somehow. Having too much delta brainwave activity allows your brain and CNS to get by with very little energy. Since the brain and CNS use less overall energy, the excess energy is expressed in some people through hyperactivity.