Sleep & Insomnia
Trouble sleeping – going to sleep, staying asleep or waking up?
More than 40 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders each year. With an additional 20 million having occasional sleep problems. The impact on their health, work, and relationships is immeasurable.
Do you lie awake at night worrying, unable to shut your mind off?
Do you feel unrested, always trying to catch up on your sleep?
Do you wake up many times during the night?
Do you have children that struggle with sleeping, bedwetting or night terrors?
How bad is not sleeping?
Insomnia can interrupt your daily routine by causing irritability, tiredness, problems focusing and exhaustion. If being tired isn’t bad enough, this affliction is a risk factor for other issues, including hypertension, obesity and cardiovascular disease. Chronic insomnia is a condition that affects nearly 10-15% of the population. The longer you struggle, the harder it is to overcome. That’s why it’s so important to learn how to treat it as soon as symptoms show up.
There are many reasons for sleep difficulties. It may be due to anxiety, stress, trauma, burnout or habitual loop of rethinking your day. Whatever causes it, your brain has lost the ability to shift into the correct state for sleep.
Neurofeedback has a powerful ability to help you fall asleep and stay asleep. The brain map (QEEG) clearly shows changes in your sleep patterns. Training your brainwaves with Neurofeedback to increase slow brainwaves or to decrease specific patterns or areas of the brain help to normalize sleep. Surprisingly improved sleep happens rather quickly when the brainwaves are regulated. Falling asleep and staying asleep is clearly the job of the brain.
Neurofeedback training can help sleep, as well as lifestyle changes and changes in sleep “hygiene”.
As with any training program, an assessment is needed. Sleep hygiene (including caffeine, alcohol, and physical behaviors before bed) may be a factor in your sleep, as well as sleep apnea. All these issues need to be carefully addressed and corrected in combination with Neurofeedback training.
Neurofeedback is an alternative to medications, as the brain regulates, it can help reduce or eliminate medications (Please work with your physician when getting off prescribed medications) for insomnia and sleep disorders.
Common Sleep Issues that Improve with Neurofeedback
Insomnia – Difficulty falling asleep; difficulty maintaining sleep during the night
Difficulty waking from sleep
Difficulty getting to bed
Not feeling rested after sleep
Sleeping too long (over 10 hours)
Bedwetting (Nocturnal enuresis)
Restless leg syndrome – Leg discomfort or sleep causing movement & arousal
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)
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