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  • Alpha

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    Alpha (8-12 Hz) waves are associated with a state of relaxed awareness. In an Alpha state, the mind is able to switch functions easily, either moving into higher frequency activity for greater focus or into lower frequencies to drift off to sleep. When Alpha is dominant, the brain produces more Serotonin, our “calm and happy” neurotransmitter, and Acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter that supports learning and attention.

    Too Much: Difficulty with Focus, Daydreaming, Problems with Getting Going.

    Too Little: Insomnia, Stress, Anxiety, and OCD.

    Balanced: Emotion Regulation, Relaxation, Flow, Learning, Thinking “Outside the Box.”