Friday, March 18, 2011

Neurofeedback Can Break the Depression/Anxiety Sleep Deprivation Cycle

The worst hour for depressed people is often three or four in the morning.  A common pattern is to wake about then, feel frustratingly wide awake, worrying about… whatever… and then fall back asleep just in time for the alarm to go off.

Depression (or depression plus anxiety) and sleep problems can seem like a chicken or the egg proposition. Not sleeping well can be destablizing, leading to mood problems; and mood problems can cause sleep disruption.

Very commonly, the first place people doing neurofeedback training notice improvement is in sleep. They describe waking up less during the night and falling back to sleep with much more ease.

Quality of sleep usually improves, too. People remember their dreams more - always a good sign.  Waking up feeling rested is a much better way to start the day.

Changes in mood early on are also common. Many of my clients report being able to "just stop" when they start worrying, even at that 3AM witching hour.  

Questions? Please comment here or you are welcome to email me.

Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW

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