How does hypnosis affect brain waves?

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How does hypnosis affect brain waves?

How does hypnosis affect brain waves? 

What are brain waves?

Your brain consists of billions of nerve cells called neurons.  These neurons are basically the computer chips of the brain and communicate information to each other using electrical impulses.  These electrical impulses are called your brain wave pattern. Your brain waves are related to everything you do or feel.

How are brain waves measured?

Brain waves can be measured using complex sensors which are placed on the scalp. Experts use the analogy of musical notes to describe brain waves with each level of brain wave represented by a different musical instrument with low to high tones.

What affects our brain waves?

Our brain waves change according to what we are doing and feeling.  If we are feeling anxious or excited then our brain waves will be different to when we are feeling depressed or drowsy.  Of course it is not just natural mood changes that can alter our brain waves.  Mood changes can be influenced by other external means for example; chemicals, music, meditation or hypnosis.

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What are the different types of brain waves?

There are four primary brain waves and we move in and out of these according to what we are doing and our related state of mind.

o        BETA – Beta brainwaves are our normal thinking and doing brainwaves and dominate our waking self.  Beta brainwaves provide our logical thought and are associated with our conscious mind. When in the Beta state we are unlikely to respond well to hypnotic suggestion.

o        ALPHA – Alpha brainwaves are part of our relaxed self and are also associated with light sleep. It is also the mental state in which we daydream. Alpha waves provide a bridge between our conscious and our subconscious minds and ideally provide us with balance and harmony. Alpha waves are stimulated in the early stages of hypnosis.

o        THETA – Theta brainwaves are associated with sleep and heavy daydreaming. Theta is the relaxed twilight state we experience between being awake and sleeping.  Theta is a semi-hypnotic state of mind in which we are receptive to new thoughts and ideas, it is the state of mind in which we are losing contact with reality and our conscious mind. We are now tuning in to our subconscious mind.  It is the state of mind in which hypnosis can be very effective and is also associated with restorative and healing sleep.

o        DELTA – Delta brainwaves are associated with the deepest levels of relaxation, restorative sleep and increased immune function.  They are also involved in the regulating of areas of our autonomic nervous system such as heart beat and digestive system.  These are the most effective healing and restorative brain waves. Delta waves are a natural part of the sleep process but as we get older we achieve less and less Delta sleep. The Delta state can also be achieved with deep meditation and guided hypnosis. It is wholly within our subconscious mind.   Sufficient production of Delta waves helps us feel totally rejuvenated after we wake up from a good night’s sleep.

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