8 – 13 Hz
The resting state of the brain. Alpha waves help you feel calm and are associated with mental organization, alertness, and learning. Increased Alpha activity has been shown to help memory recall, reduce anxiety, and lessen pain. Yoga, meditation, and deep-breathing exercises can increase Alpha waves. Recently it has been found that an increase Alpha waves can lessen harm of PSTD memories in people. Low Alpha wave production can result in anxiety, OCD, stress, and insomnia. An excess of Alpha waves can produce a lack of concentration and daydreaming. People with optimal Alpha wave production experience a mental and physical relaxation.