Why is neurofeedback effective for sleep issues?
Neurofeedback is a powerful tool for helping people fall asleep and stay asleep. Over 3,000 licensed health professionals, such as psychologists, therapists, and doctors now use this brain training daily with their patients. As a group, they report significant and consistent improvements for clients’ sleep problems.
Neurofeedback has a powerful ability to positively impact sleep because it works on the areas of the brain that allow and regulate sleep.
With neurofeedback, most people can train their brain to allow sleep again by rewarding it for creating healthier patterns.
Sleep can improve surprisingly quickly for clients who have seen numerous specialists and struggled with sleep for years. Falling asleep and staying asleep is clearly the job of the brain.
Many brain training options can help, as well as making lifestyle changes and changes in sleep “hygiene”.
Neurofeedback is non-invasive, and produces no undesirable side effects
What are the most common sleep issues that improve with neurofeedback?
- Insomnia – Difficulty falling asleep or maintaining sleep during the night
- Difficulty waking from sleep
- Difficulty getting to bed
- Not feeling rested after sleep
- Sleeping too long (over 10 hours)
- Physically restless sleep
- Bedwetting (Nocturnal enuresis)
- Restless leg syndrome – Leg discomfort or a need to move legs, disrupting sleep
- Bruxism – Teeth grinding during sleep
- Sleep terrors – Abrupt arousal with intense fear, no dream recall or memory of event
- Dysregulated sleep patterns/cycles (circadian rhythms)
Brain training often helps these problems as it improves brain regulation. For instance, a 75-year-old woman reported that she “slept like a baby for the first time in 25 years” after neurofeedback training. Parents of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often say it’s easier to get their kids to sleep when they’ve had neurofeedback, and depressed clients remark they have a much easier time getting going in the morning. These are common reports, and just a few examples of the improvements reported.