Insomnia and Brain Health
Re-printed from NeurOptimal.com
It only seems appropriate to close out Insomnia Awareness Month by interviewing neuroscientist and certified sleep medicine specialist, Dr. Edward O’Malley of Fairfield, Connecticut. He has utilized NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback as a cornerstone of his practice for many years now. Basically, Dr. O’Malley is so good at his job that he puts people to sleep; and that’s a good thing. The vast majority of clients who darken his doors are staring at the ceiling most of the night.
Insomnia is a growing public health problem. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 48% of Americans suffer from occasional insomnia, while a 22% report nightly sleep interruptions. Recent studies show extended sleep deprivation can have serious consequences for one’s health; most especially one’s brain health. Dr. O’Malley explains: Phamaceuticals offer a temporary ‘cure’ but the risk addiction with certain drugs can be very high. That’s why O’Malley has turned to using neurofeedback as it has proven to be one of the best natural remedies for insomnia available.
1. What is the connection between quality sleep and brain health?
2. What happens to our brains during sleep?
|This also provides a mechanism for the vicious cycle, because less sleep, increased waste, brain cell death leads to worse sleep, more toxic byproduct buildup, more cell death etc.3. What does research say about connection between sleep and “emotional” disorders like anxiety or depression?
Again, these are “chicken or egg” phenomena in terms of the direction of causation. We know that insomnia is an independent risk factor for mood disorders (depression, anxiety bipolar etc) and mood disorders are an independent risk factor for developing insomnia. Indeed, often the initial complaint of both types of disorders is disturbed sleep. It is unclear whether the brain changes associated with either cause the other. But it follows that improved brain function can improve both classes of disorders.
4. What are some of the more interesting recent developments you’ve seen in the science of sleep?
5. What have you observed about NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback and sleep improvement?
6. What’s the most important thing you’ve learned in your experience with people suffering with insomnia?
7. What’s the most surprising/unexpected thing you’ve learned about sleep disorders?
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