Alpha State of Mind

Somewhere in my adventures in reading random books at the library I came across this little trick:

Getting into a hypnotic-like, Alpha state of mind.

The steps were:

  1. Wake up in the morning.
  2. Quickly go to bathroom if needed.
  3. Immediately get back into bed.
  4. Lay down, close eyes, and slowly count down backwards from 100 to zero (2 seconds between each number).
  5. BAM! You’re in the “alpha state”!

It seemed like a pretty easy process and was worth a try…just for fun.

I gave it a try the next morning, and the damndest thing happened….IT WORKED!!

After an almost excruciatingly long count down from 100, I realized that (and yes, this sounds a little weird), that I was kind of having a conversation with myself…in my head.  It was like I could ask a question to myself and get a very quick, non-censored answer instantly from my subconscious.

Wow…that sounds like I’m on drugs!

I do it every once-in-a-while, and it’s actually been a pretty useful tool for helping me sort out my day before I officially wake up.  I can also “ask myself” a question about a problem I’ve been having, and the mind generally spits out the answer you already know is right…but might not want to admit.

Blog posted on: August 9, 2010

20 comments on “Alpha State of Mind

    1. Neville Post author

      I think I might be one of those people who can’t meditate properly. Because I can’t get into that same kind of state except in the mornings.

    2. Neville Post author

      I recall the book saying it has something to do with your final sleep pattern being in the alpha state…so mornings are the best time to slip back into it without much practice.

  1. Mark

    I do something similiar to get myself ready for the day. It’s more of a delibrate practice or ritual that I’ve developed over a number of years. Before I go to sleep, I also do another meditation which helps me relax. I think an important key is doing it regularly and experimenting with different practices to see what works best for you.

    1. Neville Post author


      I don’t meditate on a regular basis, but I do it for a few minutes here and there.

      I also do Bikram Yoga every other day, so I’m pretty much forced to do it all the time!

      You should try the morning thing, I wonder if it’ll work any different on an advanced meditator like yourself.

  2. RAM

    Hello Nev
    I am writting from Mexico, I discover your website 3 months ago and I get very interested on your posts. I am an engineer and I use to work for a jappanesse company for almost 3 years, it was a pretty decent job but at certain point I get tired of it. Some of the ideas of my japanesse staff and the way they wanna work were stressful, also I had to drive like 2 hours every day and use a uniform every single day At the end of the day when I get home I didnt have the time or the energy to do anything else. I start making some bussinees selling stuff on a flea market during the sunday and it was great, I got more satisfaction from that. 6 months ago when I discover that there was no more future for me in this company (all good jobs were covered by japanesse members), and also it was kind of frustating that in USA the guy that make the same work as I am was getting almost 3 times more money that I am. So I quit. Now I am working from my home buying and selling stuff every day using the internet (ebay) and the newspaper. (I buy and sell cars, I bring computers from texas and sell minilaps and I buy used guitars and sell them)
    I spent almost all day on the internet looking for stuff to buy or sell and I got a lot of fun from that. To keep working I always follow a “to do list” that I write on a board in front of my desk and I use alarms on my cellphone to plan my breaks.
    I would like to read a post on your blog about the problem of loose time, I spent a lot of time on the computer and it is kind of easy to start checking blogs, look for videos or just chat. How do you loose time when you are supose to be working? How do you avoid to loose time?
    Take care

    1. Neville Post author


      There’s really no easy solution.

      The quick tips I can give you are:
      -Always make a daily to-do list the night before
      -Set monthly goals of things to accomplish
      -Always maintain your motivation and determination by reading books about business or business people who made it big.

      Also, JUST DO IT!

  3. Salzman

    I’ve done this same thing but never knew there was a name for it. It’s also good for psyching your self out/up for something. Say for example you’re about to go into something stressful like surgery. Right before you go you do 100 – I’m going to be fine 99 – the whole thing will be over in less than 20 minutes. 98 – this is to improve my health, etc. etc. It really takes the edge off.

  4. jude

    i was experimenting with binaural beats (headphones are mandatory) last year. Like you, I did this first thing after waking up. For 30 minutes. Just sitting there in the dark.

    The results were just … meh. Maybe I was little calmer, or more focused, but more often I was frustrated for wasting 30 minutes.

    I’m trying your exercise tomorrow. :-)

  5. chanchoman

    Sadly is not that easy for the rest of the 80% of people, that right only 20% percent of people can not get to alpha state that easy, the sad part is that the benefits of meditating are so good. But well that’s the way things are.

  6. chanchoman

    oops I made a mistake:
    20% -> gets easy to alpha state
    80% -> must practice from month to years and some of them never ge it -_- (seems like im in this last one set)

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  11. Sean

    this is from the silva method i believe, very useful.

    i was always wondering how you know your in a alpha state, as iv been practicing silva method for few months, i wasnt sure when i had reached alpha state, i easily get to the state when im talking to my self but seems like the answers arnt coming from me is that alpha state? and eventually see images form when my eyes closed.

    1. Neville

      Yes! That was the name of the book!

      I’m no expert…but I believe I knew when it just “felt” like it was me talking to my brain.

      I’m aware that I’m “awake”, but at the same time it kind of feels like my own little world.

      Hope this helps :-)

  12. Lalala

    I tried this method 2 times and I felt no difference at all


    I’ve also tried audios and they haven’t worked.


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