Neurofeedback Treatment for Insomnia No Better Than Placebo

Neurofeedback Treatment for Insomnia No Better Than Placebo

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.

Key takeaways:

– 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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