Dynamical Neurofeedback is based on a different understanding of how the brain works. This view holds that the brain is a holistic, information-processing system. By simply giving the brain information about its own activity the brain responds by doing what it does best – it reorganizes itself based on this new information, thereby activating its own intrinsic healing wisdom. As a result of training the brain becomes more stable, flexibility and resilience improve, and issues fade away.
Neurofeedback trains your brain for improved sleep.
Research shows that people with insomnia have different brain activity than people who sleep well. Neurofeedback is a computer-based technology that retrains the brain to allow deep, natural, restorative sleep. Neurofeedback:
- Is relaxing and pleasant.
- Results in long-term insomnia improvement.
- Can help people with sleep apnea adjust more easily to CPAP.
- Can improve sleep after several trainings, with long-term change after continued training.
- Has a positive impact on many aspects of life and well-being.
Neurofeedback trains your brain for improved cognition.
Unfortunately today, there are many chronic conditions that disrupt cognition.
- From Lyme Disease to dementia — brain trauma, post-cancer chemotherapy, PTSD all can and do negatively impact cognitive function.
- NeurOptimal Neurofeedback works especially well with compromised brains because it only provides information — it doesn’t require a tired brain to do more than it can at any given time.
- As the brain acquires new information it makes new networks, restores previous connections and helps to revive prior functional capabilities.
Here’s how it works.
- Biofeedback’s cousin — Neurofeedback is an advanced type of biofeedback. It works with brain activity rather than heart rate, skin temperature or the other bodily measures used in traditional biofeedback.
- Everyone’s different – Each of us has a unique, dynamic pattern of brain wave activity, with variations in frequencies depending on how smoothly and flexibly the brain functions. When there is mental struggle or symptoms, it can be seen – using sophisticated technology — as turbulence or surges in brain wave activity.
- The goal — Neurofeedback training gradually improves the brain’s efficiency and resiliency to reduce or eliminate the turbulence that’s contributing to sleep problems.
- Wider benefits – In addition to overcoming insomnia and other sleep issues, utilizing dynamical neurofeedback also provides positive results for the entire central nervous system. This is similar to how aerobic exercise and yoga train the body, mind, and spirit.
- This method was developed by the Zengar Institute, a highly respected organization devoted to advancing neurofeedback.
What to expect.
- Your brain does all the work – Neurofeedback training takes place directly with your brain, and does not require that you do anything more than sit back and relax. It’s painless and non-invasive. In fact, it’s delightful and refreshing.
- You just get comfy – You’ll be settled into a very comfortable chair. Tiny sensors will be attached to your scalp, similar to the way sensors are affixed with adhesive during an EKG. A couple of other sensors are clipped gently to the ears and you get little iPod-type earbuds for listening to music while your brain trains.
- The technology is a fascinating window into your brain’s responsiveness: measurements of your brain activity are collected at the start and finish of each session to track your brain’s progress across training.
- The training session – You’ll just relax and listen to some soft, rhythmic music. You may close your eyes or choose to watch a visual representation of the music on the computer screen. Every so often you may notice a split-second gap in the music – like a tiny bit of static. That’s the feedback to your brain helping it to become more efficient.
- And after the training – Many people experience a sense of extreme relaxation and well-being. Sometimes you might find an increased need for sleep for the day or two after your session as your brain is integrating the changes.