Ditch the Drugs: How All-Natural Neurofeedback Therapy Can Remedy Your Insomnia

Few things are more frustrating than not getting the sleep you need, despite how tired you may feel. Although it may be of some comfort to know that millions of people across the United States have trouble sleeping each night — 10% of adults report chronic problems with insomnia, and up to a third of the population suffers brief symptoms of the sleep disorder — it does little to help your problem.

At Cutting Edge Integrative Pain Centers, Orlando Landrum, MD, understands the widespread effects that insomnia can have on your overall health and wellness, which is why he takes a more holistic approach to the problem. With an eye toward avoiding medications that offer a short-term fix, Dr. Landrum offers innovative therapies to patients in Saint Joseph, Elkhart, and Marshall Counties, Indiana, that provide long-term solutions for insomnia, including neurofeedback therapy.

If you’d like to ditch the drugs in favor of an all-natural answer for your chronic insomnia, read on to learn how neurofeedback therapy may be just the answer you’re seeking.

The problem

At its core, insomnia is a sleep disorder that affects your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. For those who suffer from insomnia, a good night’s rest is rarely achieved thanks to racing thoughts and a jittery body, which leave sufferers fatigued, moody, anxious, unfocused, and can even lead to depression.

There are many causes of insomnia, and it often boils down to a chicken-and-the-egg scenario as we try to determine what came on first. For example, if you suffer from depression, one of the most common side effects is insomnia. Some researchers point out, however, that lack of sleep may be at the root cause of the depression. This same concept holds true for stress and anxiety.

Whatever the order of your problems, you’re left with an issue that just gets progressively worse as you try to make your way through the world on inadequate sleep.

A change of thought

As a physician who approaches your health holistically, Dr. Landrum takes a broader view of most health problems with the understanding that a human’s mental and physical health are inextricably linked. All too often, a problem that shows up in one area may simply be a manifestation of an issue in a seemingly unrelated area of your health.

With his thorough understanding of the mental and physical relationships that develop in human health, Dr. Landrum treats insomnia using an innovative solution that tackles the mental aspect of the problem. Through neurofeedback therapy, Dr. Landrum targets the brain waves that are responsible for your anxiety and stress.

To do this, Dr. Landrum outfits you with a sensor cap that records your brain’s activity. While you’re wearing the cap, he displays a monitor that reflects your brain’s activity, usually with an image. For example, if you’re watching a peaceful scene and your brain starts to send out disruptive electrical impulses, the neurofeedback equipment creates a visual disturbance on the monitor, which teaches you to refocus your brain to bring back the peaceful image.

Through this retraining of your brain, you can create new neural pathways, which relax your brain rather than upset it, allowing you to sleep peacefully again. This same therapy helps with anxiety and depression, so if your insomnia is rooted in these conditions, the neurofeedback therapy provides a comprehensive approach that improves your waking hours as much as it does your sleeping hours.

If you’d like to explore how neurofeedback therapy can help you get the sleep you need, we invite you to give us a call, or use the our online scheduling tool to book an appointment.

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