Can Neurofeedback Therapy Help Insomnia?

Neurofeedback and Insomnia

Neurofeedback therapy is an effective method to reduce and resolve insomnia and other sleep disorders. Disruptive brain wave activity will be altered in a 100% safe and non-invasive manner. Furthermore, there is no risk of side effects, and the benefits of following neurofeedback therapy have shown to be long-term. The focus of neurofeedback therapy is on resolving the underlying cause of the sleep disorder instead of only suppressing the symptoms.

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How Neurofeedback Helps Against Insomnia and Other Sleep Disorders

By monitoring people with insomnia and other sleep disorders, we discovered disru[tive and divergent brain activity patterns. Neurofeedback impacts the brain areas that regulate sleep behavior. Through neurofeedback therapy, many people can adopt healthier brain activity patterns, which in turn boost the quality of sleep. Many people who receive neurofeedback therapy report improved quality of sleep. If you are suffering from sleep disorders for many years without any improvement despite several efforts, this could be a life-changing decision. Get back your energy, focus, and overall well-being by restoring your sleep quality.

Why Is Sleep So Important?

High-quality sleep is crucial for our physical and mental health. It supports the healing of blood vessels and the heart. On the brain level, it reduces toxic cells that we build up during the day and improves our memory function, to name a few. Unfortunately, many people suffer from sleep disorders, putting them at higher risk for physical illnesses and mental deprivation.

What are some of the most common sleep disorders?

sleep disordersInsomnia is the problem of falling asleep or staying asleep. Insomnia is one of the most common sleep disorders that people struggle with. Most people have experienced periods in their life when they struggled with acute insomnia. We call it acute insomnia when it is a short-term problem of a few nights or a few weeks. When the problem exists for at least three nights a week for more than three months, it becomes chronic insomnia.

Obstructive sleep apnea is another common sleep disorder that is caused by a narrow, flaccid throat. Air cannot flow freely while breathing, causing the person to wake up several times a night almost unnoticeable before falling asleep again. This cycle happens several times a night. During the day, people who suffer from this disorder feel exhausted. Sleep apnea is often accompanied by excessive snoring, another sleep disorder that causes sleep disturbances for both you and your partner.

Rapid Eye Movement (REM) behavior disorder causes the person to physically act out his dreams during the REM phase of sleep. It can physically hurt both yourself and your partner by uncontrolled, sometimes even violent movements.

The above are just a few of the most common sleep disorders. Some of these disorders are physical in nature. Others are due to stress, which neurofeedback therapy has been shown to help alleviate the symptoms.

What is Neurofeedback Therapy?

Neurofeedback therapy utilizes EEG sensors to capture brainwaves in real-time. Brainwaves are the electrical impulses moving from one cell to another to communicate between them. These images are used to self-train the brain of the client. When your brain displays the preferred activity, the client will receive positive neurofeedback, while simply watching a movie or listening to music. Similiar with the muscles of the body, you will regularly train your brain to reach the desired state. Your brain will become more skilled at reaching and staying in the desired state, without drifting off into undesired brain activity. To find out more about, check out this article- What Is Neurofeedback?

Research on Neurofeedback Therapy for Insomnia and Other Sleep Disorders

A growing body of research in the last decade backs up the positive effects of neurofeedback therapy on insomnia and other sleep disorders. For example, Cortoos et al. (2010) have shown improvement in total sleeping time only in individuals who received neurofeedback therapy. Recent research suggests that the circadian phase delay plays a central role in the onset of insomnia. Arns and Kenemans (2014) showed an increased sleep spindle density resulting in the normalization of insomnia after receiving neurofeedback therapy.

Conclusion-

Neurofeedback therapy is a safe, effective treatment of insomnia and other stress-related sleep disorders. Neurofeedback therapy does not use medications to reduce symptoms. This therapy has been shown effective by research and often alleviates the symptoms that people struggle with on a nightly basis for good. If you want to find out if neurofeedback therapy can help you have a better night’s sleep, please schedule a free, no-obligation evaluation with the doctor in our wellness clinic.

Schedule online right now or contact our clinic for any questions you may have. Our friendly staff will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Research references:

Cortoos, A., De Valck, E., Arns, M., Breteler, M. H. M., & Cluydts, R. (2010). An Exploratory Study on the Effects of Tele-neurofeedback and Tele-biofeedback on Objective and Subjective Sleep in Patients with Primary Insomnia. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 35(2), 125-134.

Arns, Martijn, and J. Leon Kenemans. “Neurofeedback in ADHD and insomnia: vigilance stabilization through sleep spindles and circadian networks.” Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews 44 (2014): 183-94.

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