Treat Insomnia With LENS Neurofeedback Therapy

Improved sleep and decreased anxiety are two of the most common responses to LENS treatments. Falling asleep easier, sleeper deeper, with more vivid dreams and dream recall are frequently reported.

Sleeping through the night. Accomplished many errands and arrived at the train on time!. This is a huge improvement for me because I’m a procrastinator and always running late.

51 year old female: insomnia, vertigo, anxiety, grief, fibromyalgia
LENS Neurofeedback helps people with insomniaInsomnia, from the Latin “in” (not) and“somnus” (sleep), is a condition characterized by difficulty falling asleep and remaining asleep. It includes a broad spectrum of sleep disorders, from lack of quantity of sleep to lack of quality of sleep.

Insomnia can affect all age groups and is more common in adult women than adult men.

The conditions can lead to poor performance at work or school, obesity, depression, anxiety, poor immune system function, reduced reaction time, and an increased risk and severity of long-term disease.

Causes of insomnia include:

    • drugs, alcohol and medicines
    • disruptions in circadian rhythm: jet lag, job shift changes, etc.
    • psychological issues: stress, anxiety, depression, etc.
    • medical conditions: brain lesions/tumors, stroke, chronic pain, etc.
    • hormones / pregnancy
    • other factors: snoring partners, parasites, etc.

I have worked with hundreds of patients with LENS Neurofeedback. The most common patient response to treatment is “sleeping better.” And, what follows from that is increased energy, focus, and motivation.

This may be due to LENS’ effect on restoring normal cortical inhibition. Failure of cortical inhibition allows for cortical permeability. Say what?

Before going further it is important to understand that a healthy, regulated, balanced and functional brain produces the right brain wave, and associated neurochemistry, at the right time, in the right amount, for any given circumstance. A dysfunctional brain does not.

To start: picture the brain as an ice cream cone with three scoops. Sleep brain waves come from deep within the brain (the bottom scoop).When sleep brain wave patterns and the associated neurochemistry penetrate / permeate into the cortex (the top scoop) that is a failure of cortical inhibition. And, it is also the cause of oh-so-many problems….the chemistry of sleep invading the waking state; patients are tired, irritated, anxious, depressed, irritable, have foggy thinking and lack motivation, etc.

LENS Neurofeedback treatment of sleep disorderThe LENS seems to restore normal cortical inhibition, preventing the neurochemistry of sleep from invading the waking state so that when the patient is asleep they are asleep; they sleep more deeply and dreams become more vivid and memorable; and when they are awake, they are awake: they have more mental and physical energy, they can direct and sustain their attention better, and their affect changes—they become less irritable, less anxious, less depressed, etc.

I fell asleep with no problems 6 out of 7 nights. If I woke up I was able to fall back to sleep with no problems. This has not happened to me in a very long time. No leg shakes at night...

42 year old male: trouble falling asleep and sleeping, problems with memory, concentration and fatigue

LENS Neurofeedback Treated Disorders