Sleep and Brain Training
At least 40 million Americans each year suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders. An additional 20 million experience occasional sleep problems.
Neurofeedback is a powerful tool for helping people fall asleep and stay asleep. Over 3000 licensed health professionals such as psychologists and MD’s now use this new technology daily with patients. As a group, they report significant and consistent improvements for client sleep problems.
It’s often remarkable how quickly sleep can improve with clients who have been to many different specialists, and have struggled with sleep for years. Falling asleep and staying asleep is clearly the job of the brain to do.
The role of the brain and sleep
The brain regulates 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 clients. 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.