Insomnia

Expectation
Sleeplessness is a symptom of many different things.  If insomnia is related to inability to turn off the mind-brain when it is time to go to sleep, then neurotherapy may have something to offer.  Neurotherapy along with other techniques may be helpful in ten or more sessions.  Insomniacs must work with their physician on discontinuing sedative medications.  For the greatest benefit, a clean, non-sedative brain is best in diagnosis and training.  Be careful stopping medications.  Check with your physician and pharmacist.  Restful and restorative sleep is so important to a healthy life.  Careful monitoring of sleep pattern is especially helpful in understanding the Circadian Rhythm.

The Story
Jessica (a hypothetical name)  has problems with sleep.  She does not snore nor does she move around in bed during sleep, at least not very much.  Jessica, we'll call her Jess, is tired during normal waking hours and never seems to be rested on waking up.  She has tried alcohol to help sleep, but still is never rested.  Others near her during sleep hours have not mentioned her snoring.  However, Jess describes her mind as not shutting down and always thinking about the day's events. Jess describes a whirl of thoughts when she lies down for sleep. Sometimes, she wakes with terrifying dreams, even to the point she gets up to forget the dream.  Dreams are usually not remembered, but often involve unpleasant events.   She is constantly aware of safety and carefully locks doors and windows.  She reads the newspaper watches TV about crimes in homes. 

Jess has seen many doctors who have tried a variety of sleeping medications, even the ones advertised on TV.   These medications either don't work or she has unpleasant side effects.  One medication was hard to stop because she developed worsened sleeplessness, for a while until she was able to discontinue it.   Jess is at her wits end because fatigue is noticed by others at work, even threatening her job.  Driving is hard, especially after dark, because she gets so sleepy.

Discussion
Sleep is a vital part of our lives, such that we spend a third of our lives asleep.  This is not a waste of time but rather a time, so to speak, to recharge our batteries.  REM Sleep or Rapid Eye Movement  Sleep is the first and shallowest stage of sleep onset.  This is where dreaming occurs.  However to be rested the deeper stages of sleep must be reached for physical restoration of the body.  The deeper stages are defined by the kind of brainwave that occur.  Difficulty of turning off the mind, results in going no deeper than REM Sleep.  Relaxation techniques can be very helpful and are taught here.  Included  are the brainwave training to relax  getting into the deeper stages of sleep.  sometimes, psychotherapy can help to deal with difficult situations. The Bottom line is that insomnia is not necessary.

A caveat is in order however, and that has to do with respiratory difficulties. For instance loud snoring or body movement in sleep my suggest sleep apnea.  This requires a totally different approach. Referrals need to be made to the sleep lab and a pulmonologist. These are how less expensive means of diagnosing sleep apnea. These referrals can be made, for best resolution to insomnia.

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