Train Your Brain to Fall Asleep & Stay Asleep Without Medication.
The Background of Insomnia:
There are a myriad of reasons why people can't sleep at night. Psychiatric and medical conditions, like anxiety or sleep apnea are among the most common illnesses that create poor sleep. With anxiety, the brain has difficulty shutting off, so thoughts race, bad feelings take over, and the person may become so stressed that sleep is elusive.
In the case of apnea, the person's respiratory rhythm is interrupted by periods of either shortness of breath, or cessation of breathing, which jolts the brain awake out of fear that it's not going to get enough oxygen. Lack of oxygen to the brain, or anoxia, means death.
Sleep is essential for so many things. It helps with concentration, judgement, good decision making, and many other executive functions that help us be effective throughout the day. The side effects on the brain of little to no sleep are extensive as well, outside of poor functioning throughout the day.
Memories aren't consolidated, healing doesn't occur the way it should, and the brain actually starts eating itself when a person doesn't get enough sleep. We are not joking about that last part! Fun fact: staying up for an extended period of time was actually removed from the Guinness Book of World Records as a category because lack of sleep is so dangerous for the body.
If you have insomnia, please don’t be alarmed. Your brain is not eating itself, but you’re likely feeling the effects of consistent lack of sleep. Neurofeedback can help.
Neurofeedback for Insomnia
When someone experiences chronic poor sleep it's often the result of slow brainwave dysregulation. When you close your eyes at night, alpha brainwaves should increase, which calm the brain and start shutting down thinking. Then you cycle into theta brainwaves, which shifts you in and out of consciousness until you eventually fall asleep.
However, when something is interrupting your alpha rhythms, whether it's anxiety, stress, a trauma response, or chronic pain, falling or staying asleep becomes difficult, or sometimes nearly impossible.
In my experience (over 13,000 brain maps) sleep is one of the first things to improve in neurofeedback training. As the EEG dynamics stabilize, people generally fall asleep much faster, stay asleep through the night, and wake feeling more rejuvenated. They typically report that they feel they have much deeper sleep.
Additionally, neurofeedback training can greatly reduce chronic nightmares, talking in your sleep, and excessive movement during sleep.
At the Brain Performance Center we use EEG brain mapping to objectively measure brainwave function. An EEG brain map can identify electrical dysfunctions in the brain that can cause sleep cycle dysregulation. Over 85% of our clients report improvement in their sleep quality.
Contact the Brain Performance Center for more information about EEG brain mapping and Neurofeedback Training for insomnia, anxiety, ADHD, depression, and more. Training can now be done in your home with state-of-the-art remote neurofeedback equipment rental program. Email us at Info@BrainPerformance.com or call us at 800-385-0710.