Colleague and friend Ed O'Malley, PhD, of Sleep Healthcare of Connecticut, describes the usefulness of NeurOptimal® neurofeedback in this short video.
As Ed describes, cognitive behavioral therapy helps many people who have difficulty with sleep.
The cognitive portion may be as simple as education about sleep or changing negative thinking about sleep. You can read more about the behavioral side of CBT by downloading this sleep hygiene handout (scroll down a bit on that page for the link).
CBT isn't enough for everyone's sleep problems, though. A significant portion of those who suffer from insomnia have brains that are wired differently. They are "amped up," as Ed puts it. This is where neurofeedback can be so helpful: the brains of this group learn to self-regulate and reduce anxiety. Sleep improvements - in both quality and quantity - go hand in hand with having a more efficiently running brain.
Ed also talks about other ways neurofeedback can be helpful, including with adjusting to treatments for sleep apnea and other behavioral changes.
Good sleep is crucial. When sleep improves, everything gets better.
Please comment here or email us with questions about your own problems with sleep.
Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW
New York Neurofeedback