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Pathways to Sleep I (d)–From Health to Sleep: The Mindfulness Pathways

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Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback that measures brain waves to produce a signal that can be used as feedback to teach self-regulation of brain function. Neurofeedback is about the direct training of one’s brain, by which the brain learns to function more efficiently. We observe the brain in action from moment to moment. We show that information back to the person. And we reward the brain for changing its own activity to more appropriate patterns. There are several “over-the-counter” devices being marketed as neurofeedback devices that can be self-applied. We urge caution in the use of these devices by yourself. Someone with training is needed – especially because these devices will often activate the HPA Axis in response to re-emergence of traumatic memories. However, neurofeedback, along with specific mindfulness practices and biofeedback tools, might hold the answer for many people who struggle with getting a good night of sleep.

 

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