The different brain wave states and how to use them for peak performance
THE BRAIN RULES
How the human body operates is no accident. The brain governs actions and reactions. Brain waves are its currency. Five different frequency ranges determine categories of our mental state, from the deepest levels of sleep to the highest levels of intensity.
An insightful session with Jim Poole, CEO of neuroscience company NuCalm, provided us with the definition of the hertz-driven categories, and more importantly, how NuCalm's neuroscience is arming elite athletes and the everyday person with the ability to dial into any given mental state on demand, with no drugs.
BRAIN WAVES EXPLAINED
Having spent decades and millions of dollars on research, NuCalm can now deliver a convenient mobile phone-based product that brings complex neuroscience into the palm of the hand.
From our work with thousands of elite-level footballers, we know that they are constantly striving to improve their physical and mental health. The main driver for this is better on-field performance. That said, with all the training in the world and eating right, if the brain can't adapt to perform and recover correctly, it will count for nothing. Again, this is where brain waves come into play.
So, being able to effectively tap into the right frequency at the the right time is essential for consistent peak performance. Fortunately, NuCalm's arsenal of neuro tech does it for you.
NuCalm’s DeepSleep setting - tunes brain wave frequencies down to DELTA to improve to sleep quality, length of sleep, REM sleep, and the ability to fall back asleep easily if you wake up in the night. Sleep is when the mind and body recovers and restores on a cellular level and is critical for muscle recovery, memory consolidation, and mental strength. DeepSleep allows you to rest, recover, and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day.
RESCUE, POWERNAP & FLOWSTATE
Both ALPHA and THETA brainwave states are fully engaged with NuCalm's 'Recovery and Resilience' settings. These are the core therapeutic settings for NuCalm allowing downregulation of your stress response putting the body into the healing state.
Rescue - activates the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest system) for recovery and cellular restoration. This flips the switch the body's stress response within minutes.
PowerNap - uses the same powerful physics as the Rescue setting to put you into the healing zone, but it does it in a shorter time of 20 minutes.
FlowState - is designed to access creativity and inspire new thinking patterns in a by oscillating brain waves between 12Hz and 7.83Hz, this is the intersection between alpha and theta.
The Focus setting on NuCalm – oscillates brain waves into what is the learning zone (15 – 20Hz) this declutters the mind and provides optimal clarity, comprehension, and concentration. When the mind is not sabotaged by stress, anxiety, fear, and worry, you can learn faster and learn more in less time.
Ignite is NuCalm's high performance setting - elevating mental and physical intensity for the most demanding and complex solutions. By accelerating and sustaining GAMMA brain wave frequencies within a matter of minutes, Ignite is geared to overcome challenges and break through limitations. Professional athletes and elite military operators have been using this unique NuCalm setting since 2017!
From our extended research into footballers seeking to elevate performance with technology, we haven't seen anything that applies neuroacoustic software technology.
With headphones a familiar sight on team buses up and down the country on matchday, it would make sense for footballers to switch from 'uplifting' music, which can't change your mental state, to NuCalm's patented, clinically proven approach to increase brain wave frequencies on demand, with none of the media documented drugs or side effects.