Better sleep through brain training
At least 40 million Americans each year suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders, and an additional 20 million experience occasional sleep problems. While other disorders such as sleep apnea are better-known, the most common sleep disorder in the population is insomnia.
Insomnia is hard to measure and manifests in variable ways with different individuals. it has also been poorly managed in the general population. Mainstream treatments for insomnia range from no treatment at all, pharmaceutical treatments (sleep aids) which can worsen sleep architecture and leave patients feeling tired or groggy during their waking hours, or blame placed on other causes such as aging and hormonal imbalances or even a gender bias – women are often told that they can blame “womens’ health” patterns for their insomnia complaints.
Our newer understanding of the way the brain works is starting to offer an exciting, modern approach to resolving insomnia. Insomnia may be understood as a problem with excess arousability or “hyperarousal” of the brain.
Sleep is controlled and highly-impacted by the operation and function of the brain. In fact, sleep science codifies sleep stages based primarily on brain activity.
It is clear that our modern lifestyles with constant usage of electronic devices and TV screens, erratic schedules, stress and reduced exercise create an excess of stimulus. Our brains are “wired” to detect and respond to all stimuli in the environment, and when there is insufficient “downtime,” it is unable to shed these stimuli. The result is poor, fragmented and disturbed sleep – insomnia – when we should be sleeping.
There are typically three variations on Insomnia commonly reported by patients:
Difficulty with falling asleep (sleep onset),
Difficulty with maintaining sleep (sleep maintenance) and/or
A combination of the above patterns.
Neurofeedback is a powerful tool for regulating and restoring sleep. Health professionals around the world report significant improvement in a large percentage of their clients using neurofeedback to treat chronic, long-term sleep problems.
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What are the most commonly reported sleep issues that improve with neurofeedback training?
Sleep Onset Insomnia
Sleep Maintenance Insomnia
Difficulty returning to sleep once aroused
Not feeling rested after sleep
Nightmares and parasomnias
Bedwetting (Nocturnal enuresis)
Bruxism – teeth grinding during sleep
Sleep terrors – Abrupt arousal with intense fear, difficult to awaken, no dream recall or memory of event
Dysregulated sleep patterns/cycles (circadian rhythms)
Neurofeedback training often helps these problems as it improves brain regulation. These are common reports: A 75-year-old reported recently that she “slept like a baby for the first time in 25 years” after neurofeedback training. Parents of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often saying it’s easier to get their kids to sleep. Depressed clients remarking that they have a much easier time getting going in the morning.
The Brain and Sleep
The brain regulates sleep. Neuroscience has established the role of neuromodulator systems in the brainstem that play a role in maintaining awake states and, conversely, help the brain sleep. The EEG (brainwaves) clearly reflects changes in sleep stages. Training brainwaves using neurofeedback to decrease or increase slow brainwave activity, or to increase specific EEG activation patterns appears to help the brain normalize sleep. Based on reports from a large number of licensed health professionals the evidence shows that training the EEG impacts sleep regulatory mechanisms and people sleep better. Since sleep is complex and involves many systems, it is not possible to suggest that sleep problems always improve as a result of neurofeedback. But clinicians say that they routinely expect changes to occur in sleep patterns after appropriate training for a large percentage of their patients. As with any program, a complete sleep assessment is helpful. Sleep hygiene issues (including caffeine, alcohol and other behavioral factors) and other potential contributory factors such as possible sleep apnea also need to be carefully reviewed and corrected in combination with neurofeedback training.
Research on Insomnia
Because of the vast amount of literature about brain regulation, sleep and the EEG, there is a solid basis for using neurofeedback with sleep problems. Hundreds of experienced licensed professionals have used this modality successfully to improve sleep for over 25 years. PeakBrain also offers other methods of putting a restful night’s sleep within reach including performance testing, brain mapping, nutrition and hemoencephalography.
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Neurofeedback works by taking advantage of the brain’s neuroplasticity, or ability to change and adapt. Your brain is constantly learning new patterns of thought and behavior. Brain training using neurofeedback guides the brain to learn to better balance itself and improve attention and performance for real, lasting results in all aspects of life.
This exciting option has never been available at a more affordable cost. Find out more about how neurofeedback works on other sections of this website, and contact us directly to learn more about how PeakBrain can help you on the journey to a lasting reduction in sleep issues. We also offer several other methods to help reduce the disruptive impact of insomnia, including nutrition, performance testing, hemoencephalography, brain mapping, and other solutions. PeakBrain has convenient locations in Dallas (Coming Back Soon!), Coppell / Lewisville, and Frisco, TX.
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