What are alpha brain waves and how can you produce more?

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January 18, 2022

Feeling stressed and unable to focus may seem like an inevitable part of everyday life. But even during your most tension-filled days, you may be able to soothe your mind by increasing your brain’s alpha wave production.

Brain waves are electrical impulses, broken into 5 basic types. Classified as alpha, beta, delta, gamma or theta, each brain wave frequency is associated with a different level of awareness.

Theta waves are produced when you’re dozing. When you’re in a sound sleep, your brain is producing mostly delta waves.

Beta waves happen when you’re wide awake and excited (including feeling stressed).

When you’re wide awake and relaxed, you’re probably producing more alpha brain waves. This calm, alert state is associated with better focus. Alpha waves help you stay in the moment (also referred to as “in the zone”). It’s a sought-after state of consciousness in this overstressed world.


How to Increase Alpha Brain Waves

Did you know that you can help your brain naturally produce more alpha waves? Some people use meditation or a long run to encourage more alpha wave activity. Biofeedback and breathing exercises can see success for some people. But you may not always have time to stop what you’re doing to meditate or go for a run.

Since ancient times, people have also consumed green tea to help relieve stress. Our researchers have found that L-theanine is the green tea component that helps induce relaxation. Suntheanine, a patented pure form of L-theanine, may be a more practical solution for your active lifestyle.

Clinical research suggests that 50 mg to 200 mg of Suntheanine safely stimulates alpha brain waves. Unlike other stress-reducing supplements, Suntheanine doesn’t cause drowsiness so you can take it any time of day.

Here’s another healthy lifestyle tip: To get more restful sleep, try taking Suntheanine 30 minutes before bedtime. While it does not induce sleep, clinical studies have shown Suntheanine to help you relax so you can fall asleep more easily and to provide deep regenerative sleep.

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