What is Insomnia?
Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep at night. There are millions of people worldwide who have suffered from acute insomnia at some point in their lives - lasting for days or possibly weeks. Chronic insomnia, when it happens night after night, for months on end can severely affect an individuals quality of life. Insomniacs often wake feeling unrested, and they feel tired and sluggish throughout the day, often needing to takes naps in order to make it through the entire day. Not only can chronic insomnia take a toll on energy levels, mood, and ability to function during the day, but it can also contribute to serious health problems.
Insomnia is not defined by getting a certain amount of sleep a night as people's sleep needs differ. Some people only need 5-6 hours of sleep a night to function perfectly well, whereas others need 8 hours. Insomnia can also be defined by the quality of sleep, not just the number of hours. You might “sleep” for 8 hours, but if it’s poor quality sleep leading you to feel drowsy and fatigued during the day, you may be experiencing insomnia.
Before brain retraining can be undertaken, a map of the patient's existing brainwaves must be created so that neurofeedback practitioners can see what needs to be changed in order to get the patient to the desired state. Painless sensors are placed onto specific sites on the head to gather this information. The neurofeedback practitioner will then create a brain training plan which helps the patient recreate new circuits in their brain, helping it operate more efficiently.
Over the course of the treatments, neurofeedback creates permanent positive changes in the brain. Read more about the neurofeedback process.
Neurotherapy and Counseling for Insomnia
In some cases, sleep problems can be resolved by making simple lifestyle changes such as reducing the amount of caffeine that is consumed during the day. However, other times, no matter how many changes are made, the problem persists.
Insomnia is usually a symptom of another problem, rather than being a disorder in and of itself. By addressing the underlying problem, you can put a stop to the frustration of insomnia and finally get a good night’s sleep. Emotional issues such as stress, anxiety, and depression cause half of all insomnia cases. Treating these underlying problems with a combination of Neurotherapy and Counseling is a proven effective way to resolving your insomnia.
Insomnia Treatment Timeline
For informational purposes only. Individual Insomnia treatment plans may vary.
Initial Insomnia Treatment Consultation
We meet and discuss your or your child’s case details and suggest a tailored insomnia treatment plan specific to your scenario.
Testing and First Treatment
In the first insomnia treatment session we test the brainwave patterns using a sophisticated EEG equipment and establish a baseline. Imbalances are recorded and a specific course of your at home natural insomnia treatment is established. Patient receives neurofeedback equipment to take home in order to proceed with insomnia treatments from the comfort of their own home which saves both time and costs from a more traditional strictly in-clinic approach.
In-Home Neurofeedback Training
Patients conduct in home neurofeedback training with equipment provided by the ONS team, 4-5 times per week. It takes approximately 40 minutes to conduct the neurofeedback training for best results.
Final Review and Retest
This in-clinic session will retest the new brainwave patterns to confirm insomnia treatment effectiveness. Most clients will already see the results first hand in changes prior to the retest.