Monday, October 11, 2010

Neurofeedback and Better Sleep

It's a smart thing to be concerned about. Not that long ago the common belief was that during sleep the brain just turned off. Not even close.
  • Growth and repair occur during sleep, including building bone, muscle and tissue.  
  • Learning is integrated.  
  • Hormones are secreted.
The list is much longer. Here's a short article about what sleep is and how much we need. Sleep is also important in preventing problems.
  • New studies show sleep deprivation is associated with reduced lifespan.
  • Lack of sleep has been linked to increased risk of depression, heart disease and some forms of cancer.
If you're concerned about your sleep, consider seeing a sleep specialist or going to a sleep clinic.

Many sleep problems can be helped by neurofeedback. For example, sleep problems related to anxiety typically respond very well, and neurofeedback also helps with adjusting to wearing the C-PAP, a respiratory device often prescribed for apnea. Anyone who suffers from insomnia should consider neurofeedback.

If you have questions, please post a comment here or email me.

Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW

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