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‘Waving’ away some brain issues. Pt 2

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‘Waving’ away some brain issues. Pt 2

In the previous issue, we shared brainwave basics.

Remember, there’s nothing woo-woo about brainwaves. It’s a measurement of brain activity.

Research has shown a connection between those measurable brainwaves and reported thinking and observable behaviours. The thinking and behaviour connections are where it gets interesting.

Today, we’ll expand the basics you learned before and give ideas of how to use the information so we can impact our brainwaves to sync the brainwave with the desired behaviour.

As before, it’s done easily in a chart. Too bad there wasn’t enough width to do that. 😆

But we’ll present it the best way we can.

 

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The rapid advances in brainwave research are bringing us closer to a better understanding of autism and effective ways to treat it.  If brainwaves are coordinating activity among populations of neurons, then deviations from normal EEG activity would be expected in autism, and methods to alter brainwaves would provide a drug-free and relatively safe way to treat the condition.

~R. Douglas Fields Ph.D.

 

Action Ideas (Ideas to get ya thinkin’. Not medical advice) 

The information below is the combination of many websites. Please contact us if you’d like the full list. We are working on an easier way to share the source articles so the original sources can be shared without being distracting.

Please note, in real life, the stages blend into one another. It's not a step-like change. It's more like how a rainbow transitions into each colour. 

1. DELTA

Subjective feeling states: deep, dreamless sleep, non-REM sleep, trance, unconscious

Associated tasks and behaviours: lethargic, not moving, not attentive

In use when: not moving, low-level of arousal

When optimal: restorative sleep, natural healing, boosts immune system

Too little of the brainwave: poor sleep, poor healing

Too much of the brainwave: severe ADHD, learning difficulties, brain injury

Can increase brainwave by: antidepressants, meditation, sleep, listening to music with delta binaural beats (delta pattern)

 

2. THETA

Subjective feeling states: intuitive, creative, recall, fantasy, imagery, creative, dreamlike, switching thoughts, drowsy; “oneness”, “knowing”

Associated tasks and behaviours: creative, intuitive; but may also be distracted, unfocused

In use when: healing, integration of mind/body. It’s also where we warehouse our fears, troubles from our past, and nightmares

When optimal: flow state, creativity, relaxation.

Too little of the brainwave: stress, anxiety, poor emotional awareness

Too much of the brainwave: depression, ADHD, hyperactivity, inattentiveness

Can increase brainwave by: antidepressants, meditation, listening to music with theta binaural beats (theta pattern)

 

3. ALPHA

Subjective feeling states: relaxed, not agitated, but not drowsy; tranquil, conscious        

Associated tasks and behaviours: meditation, no action    

In use when: relaxed, healing.When optimal: flow state, relaxation. Alpha waves aid overall mental coordination, calmness, alertness, mind/body integration and learning.

Too little of the brainwave: stress, insomnia, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder

Too much of the brainwave: too relaxed, daydreaming, cannot focus

Can increase brainwave by: antidepressants, alcohol, marijuana, relaxants, meditation, mindfulness, deep breathing, yoga, relaxing bath, neurofeedback, wearing blue light blocking glasses, listening to music with alpha binaural beats (alpha pattern)

  

4a. LOW BETA

Subjective feeling states: relaxed yet focused, integrated

Associated tasks and behaviours: low SMR (Sensorimotor Rhythm – a type of neurofeedback), can reflect ADD, lack of focused attention

In use when: is inhibited by motion; restraining body may increase SMR

When optimal: memory, problem solving, focus

Too little of the brainwave: ADHD, depression, poor cognition, daydreaming

Too much of the brainwave: stress, high arousal, anxiety, adrenaline

Can increase brainwave by: energy drinks, coffee, reading books, listening to music with beta binaural beats (beta pattern)

 

4b. MID BETA

Subjective feeling states: thinking, aware of self & surroundings

Associated tasks and behaviours: mental activity

In use when: alert, active, but not agitated

When optimal: memory, problem solving, focus

Too little of the brainwave: ADHD, depression, poor cognition, daydreaming

Too much of the brainwave: stress, high arousal, anxiety, adrenaline

Can increase brainwave by: energy drinks, coffee, reading books, listening to music with beta binaural beats (beta pattern)

 

4c. HIGH BETA

Subjective feeling states: alertness, agitation

Associated tasks and behaviours: mental activity, e.g. math, planning

In use when: general activation of mind & body functions.

When optimal: memory, problem solving, focus

Too little of the brainwave: ADHD, depression, poor cognition, daydreaming

Too much of the brainwave: stress, high arousal, anxiety, adrenaline

Can increase brainwave by: energy drinks, coffee, reading books, listening to music with beta binaural beats (beta pattern)

 

Even though I’ve tried to simplify the concepts of brainwaves, when looking into specific conditions, it gets more complicated.

For many of our readers, the main interest is in relation to people on the autism spectrum and conditions like ADHD. When researching a specific topic, it often involves the effects on a specific area of the brain, which is far more detailed than I can share here.

Also, even if I could easily share the info, it wouldn’t be very practical. Unless, that is, you know of a way to target a small portion of your brain. However, some have found some of the suggestions above to be useful. Many of them are free and have few side effects.

In addition to all the ways listed above to nudge us towards specific behaviours, weighted blankets can help some people to relax their body into sleep and may help to reduce the brain chatter which keeps some of us from falling asleep. Please check out our luxury blankets. Lots of colours available!

As well, check out our P.S. and help us in creating our new blankets. We’d love your input!

Next week - basic steps to for brain health. For everyone!

Have a restful, relaxing, creative, connected, focused, energetic, and/or engaging week, depending on what you need!

Providing calmness & comfort, learning & laughter,

 

P.S. We have been connected with a new manufacturer for our blankets and are VERY excited! Right now, we are sharing what our ideal blanket would look like (the list is long. But I believe starting with perfection and then bowing to reality when needed).

A question I can’t answer is: what is the one perfect size of weighted blanket?

Even if you have no desire to buy a weighted blanket, please tell us what size you would like if you were to order. The more responses we get, the better. We are especially interested in the width. How wide would you like a weighted blanket to be, if you were to order one?

Thank you. Thank You!! THANK YOU!!! for helping us get it right.

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