Alpha brain waves may be a little complicated to understand if you’re not entirely sure what they are. To put it simply, they are electromagnetic oscillations that arise from synchronous and coherent activity in the human brain. Yeah, you don’t have to worry about acing the definition on your test. What we’re discussing here is the unique way in which these brainwaves can provide the optimum state for learning in the human brain.
When it comes to learning new information, research shows that the best way for the human brain to pick up and retain this knowledge is to be in a relaxed but aware state. Relaxed, obviously, doesn’t mean sleeping in this context. We want the brain to be lucid and aware, but want the body to be relaxed. This gives the your brain free reign to fire and helps your brain to learn.
This state of relaxation is called the alpha state. The alpha state is proven to be effective in learning; however, achieving the state isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do. Although it can be achieved in a number of different ways, the point of relaxation required is specific, and many people can jolt themselves out of the alpha state or even fall asleep while attempting to find it.
The most typical time to achieve the correct state is right before sleep or right after a person wakes up. At this time, the mind is clear, highly receptive to information, and begins to rapidly make connections and open up to thoughts and realizations. When the correct level of relaxation is reached, the brain is in an optimum state, via the alpha level, to acquire new knowledge. Meditation is also a great way to get into the alpha state, as well as some yoga exercises.
Alpha brain waves are considered invaluable in everyday human life. When you first wake up in the morning, your brainwaves are functioning highly. Research shows that immediately becoming alert and perceptive of your day’s plans upon waking is a great way to get them done. Telling yourself what to do, like positive reinforcement, when your alpha brain waves are firing properly and frequently is a great motivational tool.
Conversely, research shows that loud alarm clocks, not enough sleep, abrupt disturbances, and other “alarming” things hinder your progress, and thus making the alpha state more difficult to achieve.
Regardless of how alpha state is achieved, it is important for people to be in that relaxed state to decrease stress and help broaden the scope of one’s knowledge. Alpha brainwaves are still being studied, and the alpha state is currently being implemented in many techniques with far reaching results.