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.  

Neurofeedback training helps with sleep onset and quality of sleep.

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.  

Slept like a log. Been feeling very positive and motivated!!

I felt so bloody calm last night! And slept like there were magnets between me and the bed. 10 hours straight. Thank you.

Sleep was amazing. I've not fallen asleep so easily in ages.

I was able to come off melatonin and CBD supplements and my fear of not being able to get to sleep has completely subsided.

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.

Brain Maps and Personalised Brain Training

Kaiser Neuromap brain maps and Brodmann areas

Brain Maps expose Individual Vulnerabilities

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

Different brain areas and networks govern our behaviour.  For example, there are parts of our brain which control mood regulation; spatial distractibility; physiological arousal; our sense of self; self-critical thoughts; anger and emotional attachment; and there are various sources of anxiety.

A brain map shows us which brain areas are behaving immaturely, and thus expose us to vulnerabilities or mental health issues.

Rather than fitting people into categories – diagnosis – we can assess vulnerability to behaviour patterns.  Every brain is different.  A brain map provides a more granular approach to understanding our strengths and weaknesses.

Neurofeedback process explained, illustrating real-time analysis of brain waves and feedback given

Personalised Brain Training with Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback lets us train dysrythmic brain areas.  With sensors comfortably fitted to the brain areas we want to train, we detect brainwave patterns real-time while watching a movie.  When these patterns are inefficient, the volume drops momentarily.  This is the feedback we are giving our brain, short and instantaneously.  

The brain area we are training recognises this – while our conscious mind is focussed on the movie – and adjusts its behaviour to restore the normal volume.  With repetition, throughout a session, learning occurs.  

Meanwhile our conscious mind is solely focussed on the movie; the training process is passive in this sense.    

The drop in volume is subtle, so we continue to understand the flow of the movie.  No current or electrical stimulation is fed to the brain; sensors simply read brainwaves and the feedback is purely audio-visual.

Neurofeedback is preconscious brain training aimed at enhancing our mental, emotional and spiritual health

Neurofeedback trains our Pre-Conscious Mind

 

Rather than engaging the conscious mind, which slows us down, we are training preconscious processes

This equips us with the ability to live in the moment and attain our potential (if we have to resort to conscious control, we are not living in the moment).

Personalised Brain Training is an advanced qEEG brain map-based approach to neurofeedback training developed by the founders of the field.  Taking Othmer Method / ILF training methods further, it employs Default Network Training protocols as developed by David Kaiser.

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

Neurofeedback is evidence-based complementary therapy with over 2000 PubMed peer-reviewed research reports

Neurofeedback is Evidence-based

Neurofeedback training is an evidence-based complementary therapy.  Its efficacy was first demonstrated some 50 years ago, and with advances in technology, training protocols have become more efficient and the feedback method – watching movies – thoroughly enjoyable. 

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 challenges. 

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