Increased memory recall. Heightened senses. Sharper focus. Faster processing speed. Enhanced creativity. Energy. Nature’s Xanax and Prozac. Greater quality of life.
What do these have in common?
Each results increasing a specific high-energy type of brain wave called gamma.
Science has found ways of tapping into the same brain state that advanced meditators spend 40 plus years mastering. Here I’ll cover different ways you can induce gamma, the peak performance state of mind. For your convenience, I’ve included a summary infographic of ways to increase gamma at the end of this post.
What Are Gamma Brainwaves?
Gamma is the highest energy of the five brain waves, with frequencies ranging between 40 Hz to 140 Hz (scientists disagree on exact thresholds). Gamma waves are associated with a higher quality of life, greater awareness, deeper compassion, and better cognition.
Brain’s flooded with gamma exhibit the highly coveted state of restful alertness. This brain wave synchronizes information from all brain regions into coherence.
Dr. Dawson Church in his book Mind to Matter explains that specific gamma frequency bands are associate with unique effects:
- 75 Hz is epigenetic: triggers anti-inflammatory protein production.
- 50 Hz is regenerative: the body produces stem cells that are capable of becoming muscle, bone, skin.
- 75 Hz – 125 Hz is bone-building.
Other benefits of increasing gamma brain waves include:
- Faster problem solving
- Enhanced concentration
- Greater clarity
- Deeper insight
- Effective learning
- Better memory retention
- Feelings of happiness, connection, and relaxation
You can train yourself to enter gamma using a technology that quantifies your inner state.
Sensors pickup biometric data corresponding to changes in your heart beat and brain waves. Once you find the little triggers — like memories, people, places, experiences, or thoughts— you can consciously replay them to enter gamma.
Biofeedback is a rapidly growing field of interest with many new devices flooding the market.
Two devices dominate the biofeedback world:
My short description doesn’t do biofeedback justice, so you can learn more from the HeartMath website.
One easy way to naturally increase gamma brain waves is by learning.
Gamma spikes when you’re learning, connecting information, or integrating it into your life.
Any material will do. Kill two birds with one stone by reading a book on the brain.
Just reading this post likely helps.
3. Be In The Moment
Finding purpose may be a buzzword, but for good reason.
Completely engage yourself in something that you find meaningful. What that is varies from person to person.
A few examples of gamma-inducing activities:
- Spending time with your kids
- Giving a presentation that you believe can change lives
- Participating in a hobby that makes you feel alive (like rock climbing)
Anything that deeply grounds you in the moment. However big or small.
4. Master Meditation
Another group famous for regularly enjoying abundant gamma.
Meditators experience dramatic spikes of gamma during their sessions.
Rest assured, you can get similar effects without thousands of hours dedicated to the activity. Dr. Joe Dispenza leads meditation retreats and reports that his students regularly demonstrate gamma brain waves 160 to 260 standard deviations above normal. You can see where his hit book Becoming Supernatural: How Common People are Doing the Uncommon got its name.
Indeed, a study on Vipassana meditators and Himalayan yoga groups confirmed similar gamma improvements.
5. Lose Yourself in Music
I’m no musician, but on occasion I like to pretend.
I’ll hum a tune (great for the vagus nerve), or bang a few keys on the piano.
Musicians are the other group known for their consistent and extraordinary gamma. Practice enters them into a flow state.
Their brains adapt and that flow state becomes a conditioned response to picking up an instrument.
I know what you’re wondering.
What about listening to music?
When it comes to gamma, music creation appears mightier than consumption. Unless…
6. Listen to Binaural Beats
The next two are completely passive. You pop them in your ears and go about your day.
Any old song won’t do.
Binaural beats aren’t your typical audio track. Audio engineers craft special audio tracks to shift your brain into gamma mode.
First, they only work with headphones and earphones. This is because a different sound frequency is played into each ear. The brain makes sense of this sound by averaging the two frequencies into one.
Some research supports binaural beats positive effects on healthy adults. The issue?
From personal experience and plenty of stories, binaural beats eventually stop working as the brain adapts.
7. Try Isochronic Tones
Isochronic Tones are the new kids on the block.
Unlike binaural beats, they work by pulsing a single tone on and off very rapidly.
Some prefer them to binaural beats:
- No headphones required
- Potentially induce gamma faster
- Less “tolerance” build up
I tried them for a week and didn’t notice substantial effects.
Like binaural beats, you can find isochronic tones throughout the internet.
8. Artifically Induce With Tech
I saved the best for last. The brain runs on electricity.
After all, gamma is a type of electrical energy. Scientists discovered introducing a tiny electrical current to the skull can change brainwaves.
The first time I heard of Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) I immediately pictured a shock therapy scene from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
Introducing electricity to the brain just sounds risky.
Neurostimulation is different. The electrical current is far lower than even what a AAA battery puts out.
These devices have shown great success in inducing gamma waves at will.
Advanced military DARPA researchers achieved a 40 percent increase in learning speed with CES!
Used properly this technology seems pretty safe. At the time of my writing PubMed shows nearly 3,400 studies on neural stimulation.
Those are but two reasons neurostimulation is a top biohacking trend.
A few years ago CES devices cost thousands. Today, some of the best in class machines are between $100-300.
Entering the Peak Performance Gamma State [Infographic]
Everyone can benefit from learning to shift into a gamma-dominant state. This band of brain waves puts us in tune with our surroundings and integrates our life experiences.
Gamma is the elusive holy grail of cognition, only accessible by slowing down.
Try some of the above ideas to integrate information from all brain regions and experience profound insight.
What’s your most effective gamma inducing tip?
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