People will at one time in the lives struggle to fall asleep or to stay awake, a problem referred to as insomnia. Insomnia is a widespread problem that is under-studied.
– Neurofeedback is based on the real-time view of brainwaves to modify brain activity through the receipt of either positive or negative feedback.
– The importance of neurofeedback has been noted with conditions that include ADHD, depression, schizophrenia, and epilepsy but studies were required for insomnia.
– Findings were that neurofeedback was not more powerful that use of a placebo in management of insomnia.
Although the results are specific to the use of sensorimotor-rhythm neurofeedback in treating insomnia, and the sample size is small, the findings are likely to open a wider debate around the effectiveness of neurofeedback in general and the power of placebo to improve well-being.
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