Sleep issues and neurofeedback training

Sleep is usually one of the first things to change with neurofeedback training.  Sleep is essential to how we recuperate physically and mentally, and the time when our subconscious mind digests the impulses of the day.  

Ideally, we’d like to fall into a deep sleep simply by closing our eyes at night, and wake up refreshed, with the solutions to problems we thought we went to bed with, and a positive mindset with regard to the challenges and opportunities of the day ahead.  Sadly, many find it difficult to relax the mind to such an extent, and often resort to (self-) medication.  This is different to being in control, choosing what one does or needs to relax.

Neurofeedback training aims to help the brain self-regulate and find the appropriate level of arousal at night in order to relax, let go, and fall into a deep sleep.  

With a brain map we can identify which brain areas to train in Personalised Brain Training.  Where a client presents with such a diagnosis, we rely on referral from and close collaboration with the respective medical professional.  Neurofeedback London-Brighton does not provide diagnosis nor medical interventions. 

It is a non-invasive therapy.  The most common sleep issues neurofeedback can impact are:

  • Insomnia – Difficulty falling asleep or maintaining sleep during the night
  • Quality of sleep – waking up early, not feeling rested
 
  • Difficulty waking from sleep
  • Difficulty getting to bed
  • Not feeling rested after sleep
  • Sleeping too long (over 10 hours, yes that’s too much!)
  • Physically restless sleep
  • Nightmares
  • Bedwetting (Nocturnal enuresis)
  • Sleepwalking
  • 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, not recalling dreams or remembering an event
  • Narcolepsy
  • Dysregulated sleep patterns/cycles (circadian rhythms)

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Neurofeedback and Sleep - Evidence

Sleep quality and memory consolidation increased with neurofeedback training. 

Insomnia symptoms and sleep quality improved in older adults. 

Significant post-treatment improvement after neurofeedback training on all primary insomnia scores.  Post-treatment, all participants were normal sleepers and showed improved sleep and daytime functioning.  

Neurofeedback London-Brighton does not provide diagnosis nor medical interventions nor medical advice and is not medically trained.  By engaging in neurotherapy, you confirm that you have sought medical advice and are keeping your relevant medical professional informed of therapy progress.

Neurofeedback is a form of complementary therapy and should not be seen as a replacement for conventional medicine.  qEEG brain map-based neurofeedback training takes a more holistic approach to brain functioning, rather than just focusing on medical symptoms.  It is not intended as a form of diagnosis nor medical intervention nor medical advice per the disclaimer.

Brain Maps and Personalised Brain Training

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Brain Maps show Character Traits

With a Kaiser Neuromap, we can identify character traits, vulnerabilities and strengths. 

This particular type of brain map shows us relevant information about functional connectivity between brain areas that govern our behaviour patterns.

For the purpose of Personalised Brain Training, we are interested in more persistent attributes than simply states.  Kaiser Neuromaps make these uniquely identifiable and meaningful.

Many Kaiser Neuromap EEG brain maps for neurofeedback

Every Brain is Individual.

A brain map is a way to break down the sources of behaviour patterns in a highly granular form and represents these visually. 

Kaiser Neuromaps reveal the maturity of over 50 Brodmann areas – each with specific functions and contributions to our preconscious interpretation of our surroundings and how we interact with them. 

Instead of categorisation, we get a unique and individual representations of a person’s needs and strengths, and can apply a personalised holistic training approach.

Personalised Brain Training is a neurofeedback training method devised by founders of the field, Barry Sterman and David Kaiser.  

Neurofeedback process illustrated by electrode measurement analysed and transformed into feedback via a movie in visual and auditory form for the preconscious mind to process and adapt its behaviour to in a learning process.

Personalised Brain Training with Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback training is a process where we give the brain feedback about its own activity at a particular cortical site in real time, via visual, auditory or tactile means. 

 There is no direct stimulus to the brain and the sensors attached are for measurement of cortical EEG, or tiny electrical currents detectable on the surface of our head.  

This signal is then amplified and analysed by software in real-time, and this information is used to provide auditory feedback to our brain via small changes in volume.  

Our pre-conscious mind responds to the feedback and corrects its behaviour while our conscious attention is focused on the reward – watching the movie at full volume

A learning curve is observable as the brain adopts new behaviour patterns.

 

Neurofeedback Training calms the mind and restores functionality

With neurofeedback training, we can restore functional connectivity and thus calm the mind.  

The ability to balance instinct with reason enables us to share realities when needed and thus perform better in groups while preserving our individuality.

We take a holistic approach to healthy brain self-regulation, rather than categorisation or diagnosis.  

Neurofeedback is evidence based therapy with a wealth of over 2,000 peer-reviewed research reports per PubMed neurofeedback

Neurofeedback is evidence-based.  It’s first application was discovered in 1971 when it was used to resolve intractable epilepsy. 

There are over 2,000 peer-reviewed research reports on PubMed demonstrating efficacy across a number of pathologies. 

In the US, it is an accepted complementary treatment for many issues. 

The Process:

Kaiser Neuromap qEEG recording forms basis for neurofeedback personalised brain training

A qEEG recording takes about 45minutes for a 20 minute recording.

We analyse the data with Kaiser Neuromap software which gives us a unique view into character traits and vulnerabilities.  

Findings are presented in a separate conversation with a training plan.

Following a Kaiser Neuromap we do Neurofeedback Personalised Brain Training

 We use a movie of choice as the feedback mechanism – our conscious mind engages with the film, and feedback is delivered by small changes in volume or picture size.  

Our pre-conscious mind adapts its behaviour to preserve the more comfortable volume and picture size, and learning occurs. 

Volume changes are slight, not stop-start, and the process is enjoyable. 

Capturing the ultradian cycle with neurofeedback Personalised Brain Training using Kaiser Neuromap

A two hour training session allows us to do 90 minutes of neurofeedback. 

This captures an entire ultradian rhythm cycle and corresponds to the approximate duration of feature film movies.  

We can start with shorter sessions as appropriate, mainly with children.

 

Neurofeedback process using pictures in Japan

Ideally, we do three or more sessions per week to start with.  

We would expect to see responsiveness within the first few sessions and remap after twenty hours or about ten sessions.  

Generally, we would expect to doing twenty sessions over two months, though this can vary substantially. 

We can also accommodate intensives, where we do two sessions per day over a number of days, and have had good results with these.

Neurofeedback training relies on real-time EEG measurement, analysis and translation into feedback
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