Understanding the Benefits of Brainwaves and Binaural Beats – The Ultimate Quick Start Guide

If like me you have been interested and active in the mind-body-spirit movement for any length of time I’m pretty sure that you have used creative visualisation. Most likely you have heard about or used some form of brainwave entrainment too.

As you may know, entraining your brainwaves can be a highly effective method for personal growth. Different brainwave states will produce differnt results for you.

brainwave chart

So what are brainwaves?

Your brain is made up of billions of brain cells called neurons, which use electricity to communicate with each other.

The combination of millions of neurons sending signals at once produces an significant amount of electrical activity in the brain, which can be detected using sensitive medical equipment such as an electroencephalogram (EEG).

This electrical activity of the brain is commonly known as a Brainwave pattern, because of its cyclic, ‘wave-like’ nature.

You can train your brain to change your brainwaves by learning meditation and relaxation techniques. However, it can take weeks, and for some people even years to experience the proven and powerful benefits of brainwave entrainment through meditation alone.

There is also a short cut to getting the best from your brainwaves by using an audio tone known as binaural beats.

Binaural beats effectively entrain and synchronise your brainwaves to enhance any specific brainwave pattern. This allows you to rapidly enter states of relaxation, focus, high-energy, or meditation whenever you want.

What are the benefits of modifying our brainwaves?

In general, we are accustomed to being in the beta brain rhythm. We are in a Beta brainwave pattern when we are consciously alert. It is the default and dominant brainwave for most of us most of the time. We are in Beta when we feel agitated, tense, hurried, pressured, afraid and stressed. The frequencies range from 13 to 60 pulses per second in the Hertz scale.

When we alter our brain rhythm to alpha, we are slowing our brainwaves down. The benefit of this is that we put ourselves in the ideal brain state for optimal performance and super learning.

We become better at analysing complex situations, learning new information, memorising data, and performing elaborate tasks,

Some forms of meditation, relaxation exercises, and activities that enable a sense of calm, also naturally create this alpha state.

According to neuroscientists, the effect of decreasing the brain rhythm from beta to alpha via deep relaxation techniques and the use of binaural beats brain entrainemnt, changes the levels of certain beneficial brain chemicals.

Studies show that alpha states significantly increase beta-endorphin, noroepinephrine and dopamine. These naturally occurring chemicals are linked to feelings of expanded mental clarity and generate an internal environment for new learning and accessing previously learned information. This positive effect lasts for hours and even days.

The Five Categories of Brainwaves

Beta brainwaves

(14 to 32 Hz alert, focused)

Beta is the most common brain wave pattern: Beta brainwaves are produced when we are wide awake, alert, active and engaged in mental activity, usually involving more the rational, reality-oriented left hemisphere of our brain. When beta wave activity becomes very intense, our brain hemispheres become less synchronized. Beta state is required to function properly in your everyday life.

Features and Benefits of a Beta State

  • This is the brainwave for the fight-flight response
  • Increased concentration and alertness
  • Improved logic, reasoning and critical thinking
  • Feelings of anxiety, stress, scatty unfocused thought

NOTE: Excessive Beta brainwaves are also a feature of insomnia


Alpha brainwaves

(7 to 14 Hz relaxed yet aware, meditative)

These are lower frequency waves: The state is generated when our thoughts are really not concentrated and our minds wonder freely, or we are in a relaxed state such as meditating or daydreaming. We also experience Alpha Brainwaves when we are gently busy with routine tasks like pottering in the garden, taking a shower, putting on makeup, doing light housework. Alpha is considered to be the bridge between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind.

Features and Benefits of an Alpha State

  •  Our brain hemispheres become naturally synchronized, or in-phase with each other.
  • Relaxed detached (absent-minded) awareness and daydreaming mind.
  • Enables us to remember our dreams and meditative states.
  • Link between conscious and subconscious mind, gateway to meditation.
  • Receptive to casual and auto – suggestions (hypnosis state)
  • Increased vividness benefits creative visualization and triggers imagination
  • Increased  memory retention , concentration & focus for super learning

Health benefits include:

  • Reduced anxiety
  • Alleviates stress and depression
  • Reduces chronic pain
  • Reduction of high blood pressure
  • Increases athletic performance
  • Increased  cerebral blood flow
  • Increased motivation, energy, and happiness

Theta brainwaves

(3.5 to 7 Hz deep relaxation, twilight state)

Theta brainwave states have been used in meditation for centuries: It is common for people to feel as if they are in a trance, where the mind feels as though it may have gone to sleep although it is conscious of what is happening around it. Theta induces a capacity for prolonged daydreaming, where a loss of time may be experienced.

Theta waves are also conducive to visualization and creativity and the mind in this very relaxed state is highly receptive to direct suggestion under hypnosis. As with Alpha, in Theta our brain hemispheres are synchronized and we experience whole brain functioning.

Features and benefits of Theta brainwaves

  • Increased sense of inner peace and emotional stability
  • Deep relaxation
  • Improved memory
  • Heightened intuition and inspiration
  • Calms the chatter of your mind
  • Increased psychic abilities and sense of spiritual connection

Health benefits of Theta brainwaves

  • Speed healing, improved physical healing
  • Sleep onset and better more restful sleep
  • Release beneficial hormones related to health and longevity
  • Reduce mental fatigue
  • Reduction of anxiety and stress

NOTE: Research has proven thirty minutes a day of Theta meditation can dramatically improve a person’s overall health and well-being. Theta meditation has also been known to result in a reduced need for sleep.


Delta brainwaves

(0.1 to 3.5 Hz deep sleep )

This is the slowest band of waves that our brains produce and they occur when we are in deep, dreamless sleep. These waves are very beneficial for the body which restores and heals itself when in this state. The delta state releases anti-aging hormones, including melatonin and DHEA. Human growth hormone (HGH) is another anti-aging hormone that is increased when delta brainwaves are occurring inside the brain, due to the stimulation of the pituitary gland. HGH maintains the skin, bone density, cartilage, and the joints in your body as well as speeds up the healing process of joint and cartilage injuries. HGH can also help heal physical pain.

In healthy amounts, delta brainwaves can also cause a person to have an advanced state of empathy, understanding, and compassion for others.

Delta is the place of deepest relaxation, deepest healing, deepest spiritual connection and deepest connection with the subconscious mind. It is considered to be the gateway to the unconscious mind and the collective unconscious, bringing access to the universal psyche or mind.


Gamma brainwaves

(40Hz or higher: zen mind mastery)

Gamma brainwave states are the most rapid in frequency. Gamma hase long been considered the the brainwave that is able to link and process information from all parts of the brain. It is the frequency that brings with it the ability to process large amounts of information in relatively small amounts of time. Think of generating more Gamma activity as getting a processor upgrade for your brain.

Unfortunately Gamma brainwaves have received the least attention and research, although more attention is currently being paid to them.

Having high amounts of Gamma Brainwave activity has been associated with:

  • Having high levels of intelligence
  • Being compassionate
  • Having high amounts of self-control
  • Having greater than average feelings of natural happiness.
  • Increased awareness through your five senses

Research has indicated at moments when bursts of precognition or high-level information processing occur, your brainwaves briefly reach the Gamma state.

Each of us can use brainwave entrainment to achieve a variety of results. You may want to target a specific brainwave frequency range to help you relax,. On the other hand you may want to increase you creative energy, improve your memory, deepen your sleep or get better results when playing a sport.

What do you think?

Have you used brain entrainment to enhance your meditation, increase concentration or to help you sleep? Have you downloaded the free binaural beats audios from this site? We would love to hear about your experiences.

As always, your interaction with our posts creates a reservoir of wisdom for all our readers to benefit from so please share your thoughts, stories and questions in the comments box below and remember to tweet, like and +1 ~ thanks


Additional Resources
The essential guide To brainwave entrainment & binaural beats
5 Free binaural beats audios from

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  1. “Understanding the Benefits of Brainwaves and Binaural Beats
    – The Ultimate Quick Start Guide | Hi Zenlama. This is a wonderful blog post full of useful tips for the meditation and brain wave entrainment beginner. Thanks for the free downloads they are helping to stop my mind chatter – Heather

  2. I understand that people who drink too much alcohol are often unable to manage anger,according to Buck Black, a social worker in La – Fayette, Indiana.He stated that meditation with brainwave entrainment is one of the best weapons for coping with feelings of anxiety at home.

    It’s important to keep your right brain in the forefront of your recovery journey.

  3. Thanks for the summary. I have been experimenting with different frequencies lately based on how I feel and what I’m doing at the time. First time I listened to Delta waves while sleeping was amazing – only slept 6 hours but felt like 10 or 12.

  4. Excellent and most appreciated info here. Maya. How are things going with your marketing company as well as your lifestyle-by-design courses? I’m asking with total interest in mind! Cheers!! Thanks again for a exhilarating article

    • Hey Yancy – everything is going well thank you. Lot’s of travel across the globe this year and the marketing company is so busy that the lifestyle design course has been put on hold. We are about to give a big boost so keep an eye on us and let us knoe if you like what you see.

      • would love to mix mantras with binaural beats .what is base frequency i can set
        and left and right freqency i can use for mantras to be converted to binaural beats


  5. I have been listening to relaxing music on YouTube while writing (I write for a court TV show) YouTube recommended Binaural Beats; I thought the sound was annoying at first, and almost moved on from it, but when I felt a tickle in my brain (It sounds funny but I’m being honest!) I decided to research about Binaural Beats and came across this amazing, informative website, it’s only been a few minutes of listening to Binaural Beats and I’m hooked! thank you

    • Christina, thank you. I’m really happy to hear that our free Binaural Beats gifts are helping you out. Keep a look out in your email inbox. We have some wonderful, and powerful new audios for you to try coming to Zenlama.come very soon. ~ Maya

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  14. I am curious as to how you are suppose to program the correct hertz between the right and left sides. Does the number equal the total number of recommended hertz for whichever program you are trying to achieve OR do you program each side 1/2 of the total. Also does one side need higher frequencies than the other?

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