Beta brain wave patterns are the most common and fastest brainwave pattern. It typically ranges from 14 Hz to 32 Hz and beyond. Beta brainwaves are produced by your conscious mind during normal everyday thought process and waking consciousness.
Why You Need Beta Brainwaves
Beta is what you use to navigate and function in your everyday life. Without Beta brain wave patterns, you would not be able to function during your conscious, waking state of mind. Your brain is producing Beta brainwaves now as you read these sentences, or when you work and think about something.
Beta brainwaves are associated with concentration, logic, reasoning, alertness and critical thinking. You use Beta when you need to process and interpret information, reason, think critically, memorize, plan, schedule and organize things.
More Beta as You Grow Up!
Beta brainwaves are a "grown-up" type of brain waves. Researchers discovered that young children spend most of their waking hours in Alpha brain waves. As the kids grew older and learnt to be more “grown-up”, the amount of their Beta brainwaves increased as well.
Interestingly, people who live "close to the earth" and more in-tune with nature also tend to have relatively slower brain wave patterns, similar to children (more Alpha, less Beta brainwaves). It’s not that they’re childish and immature, but that they tend to have the same kind of wonder and appreciation of nature as well as the intuitive perception that kids often have.
However, the problem is most adults have too much Beta brain wave levels and not enough Alpha and Theta brainwave patterns. That’s why the "wonder and innocence of youth" is something that people talk about and try to recapture in their lives.
Higher Beta brain wave levels, above 32Hz, result in a feeling of anxiousness, stress, uncomfortable and general sense of tension and unease. If your brainwave levels increase further, above 32 Hz, they’ll hinder your ability to think and focus clearly.
I’m sure you know people who tend to make bad decisions when they’re flustered or panicky. Natural leaders who are able to keep their cool and think clearly, even in chaotic and panicky situations, will be able to control and overcome any situations that they're in.
As your brain wave levels goes higher, the brain cells and neurons start firing wildly and randomly, all over the place, leading to a very disorganized and unfocused state of mind. If your brainwave levels go any higher, you risk suffering a nervous breakdown.
In most people, one side of the right or left hemisphere of their brain is usually more dominant, a phenomenon called brain lateralization. As the amount of Beta brain wave levels increase, the brainwaves from both sides of the brain become increasingly out-of-phase.
When this happens, as brain wave patterns slow down into Alpha and perhaps even Theta, you'll feel a sense of calmness and peace of mind. What used to stress you out now feels more do-able and nothing to worry about anymore.
That Little Nagging Inner Voice that Never
As a result, I wouldn’t be able to sleep until the early hours of the morning, sometimes, even until 3 to 4 am in the early morning.
I didn’t know then that the reason my mind was so active was because my Beta brain wave levels were too high. And it wasn’t until I learnt how to slow my brain wave levels down to Alpha using the Silva Method that I was able to get a good night’s sleep on regular basis.
The only times when that didn’t work for me was when I had taken some stimulant, e.g. caffeine-based drinks like coffee or alcohol (yeah, a little drink of alcohol and my mind just goes hyper). Stimulants like these mess up your brain waves and as a result, I found it difficult to slow down my brain wave levels and go to sleep after taking them.
After all that, it’s not surprising that a lot of people think that Beta brainwaves are no good at all (especially after a night of tossing and turning in bed...=P). However, you know better than that, right?
Whilst High Beta brainwaves are not desirable, Beta brainwaves still play an important role. Beta brain wave patterns are best for thinking, learning, focusing, concentrating, planning and scheduling events, process and interpret data. In fact, the entire education system is based learning at Beta brain wave levels, especially the memorization and rote-learning parts.
However, sometimes it’s easier said than done to silence the "inner critic" and stop getting stressed out, especially if you have negative attitudes and habits already engrained in your mind.
The most effective way to slow the mind and brainwaves down that’s worked for me are the Silva Method and Holosync CDs. Besides that, I've also found the Release Technique and meditation to be also quite effective.
So, the next time you find yourself getting panicky and flustered, just relax, take a deep breath, count to 10 and remember to slow down your brain waves.
You’ll feel much better.