Sleep is a huge part of health. Quality sleep is a must for optimal health. Insomnia is lack of sleep. To have insomnia is to feel that you are walking around in a daze, not fully awake at times. The CDC reported that one third of our population gets less than 7 hours of sleep per night. The US Department of Transportation found drowsiness/nodding off causes over 1500 deaths and 40,000 injuries per year.

Many people take medication in an attempt to get quality rest. Many are not aware that insomnia is often a symptom of a larger problem that involves the over-firing of the brain. In our office, we use brain maps to determine if a person’s brain is over-firing and neurofeedback to rehab the brain. If the underlying cause of imbalanced brain waves is not properly dealt with these people often also end up dealing with symptoms like anxiety, chronic pain, tinnitus, poor memory and focus/attention difficulties.

We have used neurofeedback for many years in cases in which people are dealing with insomnia. Neurofeedback is the non-invasive, non-drug, computerized balancing of brain waves that occurs while a patient watches a movie. Brain waves are the measurement of the electrical output of the human brain. Certain highs and lows in the brain are associated with neurobehavioral issues, including insomnia. It is very important for people to realize that there is a non-drug option in dealing with insomnia.

There are studies backing up the success we have had in our office helping people with sleeping problems. The Cartoos research group found total sleep time increased with neurofeedback training. The Hammer research group found neurofeedback improved sleep and daytime functioning. The Hoedlmoser research group found found NF leads to an increase in sleeping spindles during sleep, which is an important measure of improved sleep.

We are not anti-medication, but we understand the need to correct the cause instead of covering up the symptoms. Medications can also cause unwanted side effects. Possible side effects include: anxiety, decrease in sexual drive, difficulty with coordination, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, headache, indigestion, nausea, nervousness, unpleasant taste, aggressive behavior, seizures and suicidal thoughts.

The bottom line is that insomnia frequently comes from an over-firing brain. We can help calm the brain with neurofeedback. The effects are thought to be permanent. Most of patients never have to see us again after we rehab their brain. Brain maps find the cause. Neurofeedback corrects the problem.

If we can answer any questions or help you in any way, feel free to contact our office at 770.237.3970, check out our Facebook page (The Martin Clinic), our website (TheMartinClinic.com) or our Twitter (DrJ@DrJeremyMartin). A brain map is the first step. We help people from all over the world with our home based programs and have students across the United States that we have trained that we often refer to.