Alpha Brainwaves The Connection To Our Subconscious

by Greg Newson June 07, 2018

Alpha Brainwaves The Connection To Our Subconscious

What Are Alpha Brainwaves?

Brainwaves are the electrical impulses that occur when a mass of nerves or neurones talk with each other. Brainwaves communicate our thoughts, emotions and behaviour.

Alpha brainwaves are produced at frequency of between 8 and 10 hertz and mainly when we go into a meditative type. The Alpha brainwaves are the brainwaves that connect our conscious and subconscious minds.

The Role of Alpha Brainwaves 

  1. To allow knowledge, thoughts and idea's to filter unimpeded from the subconscious mind into our conscious mind.
  2. To calm and relax the brain and body, while promoting a feeling of deep relaxation
  3. Involved in improving our memory process. Age Associated Memory Impairment (AAMI) is associated with reduced alpha brainwaves.

Alpha Brainwave Deficiency

Lower than normal levels of Alpha brainwaves can lead to; 

Anxiety Panic attacks
Insomnia Pain
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Stress

How To Increase Alpha Brainwaves


There are a few simple techniques that can help a person increase their Alpha brainwaves and they include meditation, Yoga, Tai Chi, deep breathing, aerobic exercise and mindfulness. Alpha brainwaves are also elevated when we focus our attention on one task at a time and as we begin to fall asleep.

Activities That Increase Alpha Brainwaves Infographic


Nature has provided some key nutrients and neurotransmitters that allow body to naturally produce or increase Alpha brainwaves when they are needed. 

GABA is our body's major relaxing and tranquelising neurotransmitter and has the ability of increasing the generation of Alpha brainwaves when they are needed by the body. Theanine an amino acid only found in tea has the unique capability of stimulating the generation of Alpha brainwaves. While Boron increases Alpha brainwave activity and Phosphatidylserine may increase the generation of Alpha waves by 15 to 20%. Lecithin a source of phosphatidylserine and Magnesium also assist the brain in producing Alpha waves.

Two well know brain herbs Bacopa and Ginkgo biloba help to increase Alpha brainwave activity in as little as 30 minutes, hence why they are of extremely beneficial in times of stress and cognitive decline. Bacopa and Gingko biloba can also be found in Cortisol Calm a herbal tonic designed to help relive the toxic affects of feeling stressed and overwhelmed.

8 Key Nutrients That Increase Alpha Brainwaves Infographic

Alcohol and marijuana both increase alpha brainwaves in the short term, but excessive use will lead to GABA deficiency, thus leading to lower levels of Alpha brainwaves and an increase in anxiety, panic disorders, stress, insomnia and excessive thoughts.

I hope you found this blog useful and if you did please leave a comment or share on social media.

Thanks and have a great day

Greg Newson
Greg Newson


Greg Newson is a qualified Naturopath, Herbalist, Nutritionist and Health Enthusiast who is passionate about wellness and dedicated in educating people of the enormous potential of natural medicine.

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