Did you know that in order for a person’s body to operate efficiently, a minimum of seven hours of sleep per night is crucial to our health? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 36 percent of adults don’t get an adequate amount of sleep and over time, because of this, a person can become susceptible to many illnesses and diseases like heart disease/failure, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes. Sleep deprivation will also slow down the production of collagen, which is a protein found in the skin, responsible for its firmness and strength, leading to the appearance of wrinkles, pale looking skin, puffy eyes and let’s not forget those unwanted dark circles. In addition, it’ll slow down person’s metabolism, affecting the ability to maintain a healthy body weight, not to mention, wreaking havoc on your sex drive. I know for me, when I don’t get enough sleep, I become irritable, my mind feels foggy—focusing becomes impossible—my judgment is impaired.
There are various causes of sleep deprivation, for instance, a restless mind (worrying), night terrors, sleepwalking, restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea and grinding teeth (bruxism), all contribute to a person’s inability to get enough zzz’s. Furthermore, the number one cause of sleep deprivation is a condition called Comorbid Insomnia. According to WebMD, 90% of people who lack the ability to fall and stay asleep suffer from this condition, which could increase their possibility of eventually being diagnosed with a serious or life-threatening medical condition if not treated for the disorder. There are many medications and treatments available to those who suffer from comorbid insomnia and sleep deprivation, however, a highly effective, non- invasive treatment, with zero side effects is Neurofeedback therapy.
At the Eustache Institution, we first provide a sleep assessment to patients suffering from insomnia and sleep deprivation, which helps us effectively provide treatment. Afterwards, we monitor a person’s brainwaves via an EGG machine, while they’re engaged in a customized task designed to help analyze the changes in their sleep patterns. This enables us to increase their slow brainwave activity or to increase specific EEG activation that will eventually guide the brain to normalize sleep patterns. In fact, several of my patients have experienced dramatic improvement mentally and physically after treatment, finally receiving the rest their bodies and mind have longed for, as they continue to enjoy the long-lasting results of Neurofeedback therapy.
Dr. Elena Eustache is a specialist in Neurofeedback Therapy, with a PhD in Psychology and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Dr. Elena Eustache helps her patients reach their full potential so they live the life they’ve always dreamed of.