What does that mean, neurofeedback for sleep management?
Let’s start here: When all is well, our brains manage our sleep cycles well. We wake up refreshed and ready for the day. We have energy throughout the day, including during the normal mid-afternoon dip.
Sleep is a primary need
It’s so important to get good sleep. There was a time when we believed that the brain just shut off during sleep, but that’s very far from the truth. Learning is integrated, hormones are produced, toxins are cleared out, and much more, all functions that happen during sleep.
So, what to do if you’re not getting enough sleep or good enough quality sleep – or both? Sometimes life style changes will be all that’s needed. Exercise at the right time of day, having a consistent sleep and wake time, keeping your bedroom cool and dark, are a few examples. Please email me if you’d like a sleep hygiene handout that will help you think about what changes you can make.
But what if you make those changes and you still aren’t sleeping well? Or if there are changes you just can’t make? If life has built in stresses you can’t change? Not sleeping well can be miserable. Don’t settle for that.
Training with NeurOptimal® Dynamical Neurofeedback® can improve sleep management and sleep habits. My clients who come hoping to fall asleep more quickly, sleep more soundly, and awaken refreshed generally find that happening. They describe lovely changes like:
If you’re worried about getting less done if you sleep longer, you don’t need to be concerned. A rested brain is a sharper brain, less likely to make mistakes. more likely to stay on point. People find that they get more done in less time.
When sleep gets better, so many things get better. When you come for NeurOptimal® sessions, your brain gets to see itself in action, learn from what it sees, and use that to optimize itself. The brain seems to recognize the priority of sleep, and very often uses the sessions to make those wonderful changes.
Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW-R
New York Neurofeedback