In a April 2015 Psychology Today article, “Alpha Brain Waves Boost Creativity and Reduce Depression”, it is reported that neuroscientists have shown an increase of alpha brain waves through electrical stimulation or meditation increases creativity and minimizes depression.
It is also interesting to know that studies have shown the amino acid theanine produces an increase in alpha waves in the brain. In human studies, 40 minutes after taking theanine (50-200 mg), relaxing alpha waves were generated in various brain regions, an effect that may last up to 12 hours.
Why do we want alpha brain waves? Alpha brain waves produce the feeling of relaxation as a state of mind. Unwanted thoughts are not present. It is said that those in a wakeful alpha brain wave state have heightened states of intuition and inner connection to the truth within oneself, as is also called conscience.
The beta brain waves, while necessary for complex problem solving and reacting to emergency situations, oftentimes dominate. Beta brain waves are stimulated by noises, hearing bad news on television, listening to arguments and conflict in the media, and even our reaction to overbooked schedules. Though there is not current danger, we perceive it as such.
This can produce a feeling of stress, overwhelm, anxiousness, even lead to feelings of paranoia and depression. Random thoughts of conflict exist that are not relevant to you. Much is self-generated as agreement that life is “stressful” or “too busy” and you always need to be “on” is simply a state of mind generated by persistent beta brain waves. This can create a “burn out” feeling. To get all riled up from outside stimulation that you have no control over has no use in finding a peaceful, restful, creative place in you.
A good balance is ideal, even in a busy work place as creative solutions and staying calm are often necessary. With the presence of alpha brain waves we are able to see more clearly and be in a creative thinking condition.
So, how can you boost your relaxing alpha brain waves? Aerobic exercise, meditation, yoga, and creative arts like painting have all been shown to increase alpha brain waves. Personally, I love going for long walks in nature.
I have found that by taking Sleep Helper with 100 mg of the purified form of theanine in combination with meditation and aerobic exercise that I am able to see more clearly and make better choices for myself. In this feeling of calm, I find myself in a creative state, I thrive in this place and am happiest. This is where I want to be. I wanted to share this with you as it’s an important part of my personal health program. Perhaps you will find it helpful for you, too.