One of the first positive shifts from neurofeedback training is improvement in sleep—sleeping more soundly, falling asleep more quickly, not waking up in the middle of the night, and feeling more rested—even when sleep is not the presenting concern.
Why is that the case? The brain is starting to regulate itself more effectively by applying what it is learning in neurofeedback: using the present to decide what to do next, not old habitual information. As a result, at night the brain is “seeing” that the body is tired and safe so, therefore, it is OK to switch out of “alert” mode into “rest/repair” mode.
Tips for Good Sleep
- Go to bed and get up roughly at the same time each day (even weekends)
- No stimulating activities just before bed—get that TV out of the bedroom!
- Bed is just for sleeping, decrease associations with non-relaxing activities such as computer work
- When you are ready for bed, do a body scan
What gets in the way of good sleep?
- Alcohol—it can help you fall asleep but then wake you up later when its metabolized
- Alcohol (get it?!), nicotine, caffeine, antihistamines, alpha blockers, beta blockers, antidepressants
- Upsetting conversations, media input, and movies just before bed
- Heavy, rich meals late in the evening
- Drinking a lot of fluids in evening, which require getting up in the night
Are you sleep deprived?
Neurofeedback training may help. The NeurOptimal™ Neurofeedback system is often used at sleep clinics.
NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback is designed to focus on the central nervous system - the hub of all functions in the human body. Therefore, the specific type of problem, be it physical, mental or emotional, becomes less important. It is not surprising then, that clients experience successful outcomes across a broad spectrum of complaints.
Our clients typically find NeurOptimal® neurofeedback training effective in resolving issues in five general categories:
• Wellness and Personal Growth (sleep, cope with daily life challenges)
• Slowing the Effects of Brain Aging (memory loss)
• Achieving an Artistic or Athletic Performance Edge
• Help with Specific Cognitive, Emotional, or Physical Challenges (e.g., ADHD, anxiety, chronic pain)
• Enhancing Academic Performance (alleviate symptoms from ADD, ADHD, PTSD disorder, Alzheimers disease, autism, sleep disorders, insomnia and cognitive dysfunction from chemo-therapy. A Norwegian study found neurofeedback training to be just as effective as Ritalin for treating children with ADHD).