Brain Chemistry – A healthy brain processes information as a wave (via electrical impulses) and as a particle (via the brain chemicals) at a fast past along the neuronal highway.
Think of it this way – There are four (4) measurements that determine the relationship between brain (f) and the creation and delivery of electricity:
1) Voltage – voltage measures your brain’s power and output: the intensity at which it responds to any sensory stimulus – and the brain’s ability to process this information. Voltage determines your body’s metabolism and measures the various states of consciousness, ranging from full alertness to deep sleep. Without proper voltage, you literally slow down – and so does your thinking.
2) Speed – the speed of your brain determines how quickly the electrical signals are working. It is a measure of the intensity of how the brain is working. FOR EXAMPLE: the brain’s electricity typically runs through the body at 60 cycles per second. Thinking occurs even faster, at only 2-3 cycles per second. The ability to maintain this rate determines your brain’s age which is different from your actual age. But increasing your brain speed, you can improve memory, IQ, and even behavior.
3)Balance – A balanced brain creates and receives electricity in a smooth rhythmic flow. When the brain’s electricity is generated and delivered evenly, you can achieve physics and emotional balance. You are in sync with others, have an overall sense of calmness and possess a solid ability to handle stressful situations. However, if this electricity is delivered in uneven bursts, you may feel anxious, irritable, or in pain. A balanced brain is the key to maintaining a happy, positive outlook and life, which allows you to become more empathetic and intuitive as you get smarter.
4) Synchrony – The brain’s electricity moves in waves. There are 4 types of waves.
Beta – travels at a rate of 12-16 cycles per second. This is your alert stage.
Alpha – travels at a rate of 8-12 cycles per second. You feel creative.
Theta – travels at a rate of 4-6 cycles per second. You feel drowsy.
Delta – travels at a rate of 1-4 cycles per second. You sleep.
These 4 brain waves appear in some combination. True synchronicity occurs when all four brain waves are coordinated throughout the day and night. When these brain waves get out of sync at night you will experience restful sleep: during the day, you’ll find that your mind is wandering and your concentration is affected.
Footnote: Excerpt taken from YOUNGER BRAIN, SHARPER MIND by Eric R. Braverman, MD