Just like we need water and food to survive, we also need sleep. Sleep is heavily influenced by circadian rhythms and hormonal/environmental factors. It is a restorative process that gives us energy for the day ahead of us. It gives the body a chance to repair muscles and other tissues and gives the brain a chance to organize and archive your memories.

“I suffered from insomnia for 9 years.  I tried all the medications, hypnosis and even stress reduction therapy – nothing worked.  Then my friend told me about [neurotherapy] and after just 8 sessions, I am able to fall asleep, and I am sleeping through the night without waking up.”

Our bodies have an internal, natural clock which promotes a regular sleep cycle. But when this cycle is disturbed, this is where the person experiences insomnia. The definition of insomnia is the difficulty in initiating and/or maintaining sleep. The effects of sleep deprivation are cumulative and have profound effects on memory, learning, reasoning, reaction time, and what we refer to as “executive functioning.”  How can you pay attention, think and remember if you are exhausted?  It has been found that many children who were labeled ADHD were actually sleep deprived children.  When these children start sleeping the appropriate length of time, many of the ADHD symptoms go away.  Adult sleep deprivation can have a negative impact on family, society, and the workplace.  Sleep deprived adults are very inefficient and at times unsafe.  They have more accidents, lose productive work time, and have been known to cause disasters in industrial settings.  In addition, sleep deprivation is a contributing factor to depression and anxiety.

Managing Sleep Deprivation

Most people don’t seek formal treatment from their physician but try over-the-counter sleep aids instead. However, these medications aren’t effective for long periods of time and gradually people become tolerant to them or worse, become addicted to the sleeping aids. We at Brain and Body Solutions have found that most sleep deprivation is caused by brainwave imbalance.  The dysregulated brainwave makes it hard for people to fall asleep and/or stay asleep due to the inability of the brain to slow down.  At The St. Louis Neurotherapy Institute, we use a form of EEG biofeedback or neurofeedback called neurofeedback.  It is directed at teaching the patient how to slow down the brainwave patterns, making it easier for the patient to fall asleep.

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