It turns out that insomnia may be more related to our nervous system than we previously thought.
We already know that biofeedback can help insomnia sufferers sleep; now it would appear that neurofeedback has the same effect.
Biofeedback and neurofeedback involve similar techniques; biofeedback relates to the peripheral nervous system and neurofeedback to the central nervous system.
In the latest study, researchers took twelve adult insomnia sufferers who had no other mental or uncontrolled physical illnesses and treated them with two different types of neurofeedback sessions. In total, the participants received fifteen 20 minute sessions.
Before the treatment, researchers found that a significant proportion of the participants had excessively high levels of arousal in addition to excessive sleepiness.
After treatment, every single participant was considered to be a normal sleeper. All showed improvement in four different insomnia scores; the Insomnia Severity Index, the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Inventory, the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Efficiency and the Quality of Life Inventory.
Rather amazing results, I'm sure you'll agree. I can't wait to see the results of future large scale studies. Of course, I'll report back on those as soon as I hear about them.
Last updated: November 13, 2013