Good sleep is critical to good health; however, an estimated 40 million Americans regularly experience disrupted sleep patterns every year. Sleep disorders involve problems with the quality, timing, and amount of sleep causing increased levels of distress and impaired functioning. Sleep disorders have been linked to both physical and emotional problems. The inability to sleep can worsen existing mental health conditions, as well as contribute to a decline in overall mental health.
Benefits of Neurofeedback for Sleep Disorders
Neurofeedback can be helpful in regulating sleep disorders because it works on the areas of the brain that allow and regulate sleep. Neurofeedback helps by adjusting the brainwaves that regulate wakefulness, sleep, and arousal. Training brain patterns using neurofeedback can help normalize sleep. Reported evidence shows that neurofeedback training enhances sleep regulatory mechanisms in the brain that results in better sleep. Most people can train their brain to improve their sleep.
Unlike medication, neurofeedback causes minimal to no side effects. The most commonly reported side effect is a feeling of tiredness after a session.