Neurofeedback can be an effective solution for those suffering from sleep disorders. Good sleep is critical to good health; however, an estimated 40 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders each year.
What are Sleep Disorders?
Sleep disorders involve problems with the quality, timing, and amount of sleep which result in daytime distress and impairment in functioning. These types of disorders are commonly linked to both physical and emotional problems. The inability to sleep can both contribute to worsen mental health conditions as well as be a symptom of the mental health conditions.
How Can Neurofeedback Help Sleep Disorders?
Neurofeedback can be helpful in regulating sleep disorders since the brain regulates sleep. The brain has the ability to be retrained and strengthened just like other areas of the body. Neurofeedback aids in adjusting the brainwaves proportions that help regulate wakefulness, sleep and arousal. By rewarding your brain for creating healthier patterns, most people can train their brain to improve their sleep.
Neurofeedback as an Alternative Treatment for Sleep Disorders
Unlike medication, which has been reported to have numerous side effects, Neurofeedback therapy essentially has no side effects. The most common side effect reported from clients is feeling tired after a session. Side effects for medications for sleep disorders include, but aren’t limited to the following:
- Changes in appetite
- Difficulty keeping balance
- Daytime drowsiness
- Dry mouth
Neurofeedback and improvements in sleep quality has had profound effects on client’s quality of life. Neurofeedback has the ability to reduce or even eliminate medications used for sleep disorders, as the brain begins to rewire and create healthier sleep patterns.
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If you or a loved one is suffering from sleep disorders that are having impacts on everyday life, please contact Dr. Connie McReynolds for more information.