17 Sep 2018

Sleep Disorders: Insomnia in Adults and Children

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Listen to Fred Moore’s comments on how we helped him sleep naturally and normally every night after neurofeedback treatments.  He had rarely slept over three hours a night for many years.  Our treatments helped him both professionally and in his personal life.

He and many of our ADD/ADHD children sleep better.

 From Healing Young Brains by Robert Hill, Phd., and Eduardo Castro, M.D.:

The primary sleep disorder that every parent should be concerned about is sleep deprivation.  Both children and adults in our frantic society are sleep deprived.  Sleep deprivation is usually a fallout of poor lifestyle management.  Sleep should be a priority, but it is usually way down the list of priorities in many families.  The average adult sleeps about 6.7 hours when they should be getting seven and a half to eight hours’ nightly sleep.  Sleep-deprived children get less than seven hours when they should be getting nine to ten hours.  A young brain needs more sleep time because it is growing, maturing, and reorganizing.

The effects of sleep deprivation are cumulative and have profound effects on memory, learning, reasoning, reaction time, and what we label “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 also sleep deprived children.  When these children start sleeping the appropriate length of time, many of the ADHD symptoms go away.  Reports of sleep problems are common for children with ADHD.  When we treat ADHD with neurofeedback, we usually see the poor sleep patterns disappear.  We are always surprised at how many children (sometimes adults) fall asleep the minute we start the neurofeedback training, it is usually because they are sleep deprived to start with.  We know it seems contradictory to say a hyperactive child may be sleep deprived, but that is often the way they stay awake.  Constant movement precludes falling asleep.  Anyone who has tried to get a young child to go to sleep and they keep moving, talking, singing, and so on knows that their movement is purposely to avoid sleep.  Sometimes childhood sleep problems are carried into adulthood.

If you are an adult with serious sleep deprivation, your neuofeedback therapist will need to do a complete evaluation (brain map included) to determine your exact sleep problem and to understand all the factors playing a role.  Once this is accomplished, a preliminary plan is formulated and the neurofeedback training begins.  Keeping good records will be very helpful to the therapist because your reports on nightly sleep help determine what protocols to use.  The protocol will include which brainwaves need to be increased and which ones need to be inhibited.  The placement of the electrodes is also a critical factor in treating any disorder.

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