Sixty million Americans are looking for help, insomnia treatment. Research over the last ten years agrees on one thing, cognitive behavioral therapy will successfully treat insomnia, not medication. Research specifically supports EMG and EEG biofeedback, neurofeedback, as an important approach in treating insomnia. There is evidence that hyper-arousal (over activation) is implicated in insomnia.
Insomnia is a common sleep disorder. People who have insomnia have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or both. As a result, they may get too little sleep or have poor-quality sleep. They may not feel refreshed when they wake up.
Insomnia can be acute (short-term) or chronic (ongoing). Acute insomnia is common and often is brought on by situations such as stress at work, family pressures, or a traumatic event. It typically lasts for a few days and can be treated with over the counter medication.
Chronic insomnia lasts for a month or longer. Most cases of chronic insomnia are secondary, meaning the side effect of another problem. Certain medical conditions, medicines, sleep disorders, and substances can cause chronic insomnia.
In contrast, primary insomnia isn’t due to medical problems, medicines, or other substances. It is its own distinct disorder, and its cause isn’t well understood. Many life changes can trigger insomnia, including long-lasting stress and emotional upset.
Insomnia can cause daytime sleepiness and a lack of energy. It also can make you feel anxious, depressed, or irritable. You may have trouble focusing on tasks, paying attention, learning and remembering. These problems can prevent you from doing your best at work or school, or in relationships. Insomnia also can cause other serious problems. For example, you may feel drowsy while driving, which could lead to an accident.
Many people with insomnia also have chronic nightmares. One theory suggest that people with chronic nightmares have difficulty getting oxygen to the brain during sleep. The body, in turn, wakes itself up through these nightmares.
Treating the underlying cause of secondary insomnia may resolve or improve the sleep problem, especially if you can correct the problem soon after it starts. For example, if caffeine is causing your insomnia, stopping or limiting your intake of the substance might make the insomnia go away.
Lifestyle changes often help relieve the insomnia. For chronic insomnia, your doctor may recommend medicines or cognitive behavioral therapy. The Sleep Recovery program uses a cognitive behavioral treatment approach, wellness coaching on sleep habits, biofeedback and neurofeedback to create a restful night’s sleep.