A recent article from Health magazine describes the use of “biofeedback” to treat insomnia.
What’s biofeedback? It’s a form of therapy that gives you visual or auditory feedback for certain body signals.
Cues may give you details about your heart rate, blood pressure, breathing or body temperature. Then you learn to control the body in a way that promotes sleep.
Author Leslie Goldman describes how for eight years she struggled with sleep. Then she gave biofeedback a try.
“The change has been dramatic,” she writes. “After nearly a decade of sleeping for no longer than two hours at a time, I can sleep for four hours straight and doze off again after I wake up.”
The AASM recommends biofeedback as an effective treatment for chronic insomnia.
Often biofeedback will be combined with other treatment methods. This is called cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT.
CBT is a safe and effective treatment option for people who are struggling with ongoing insomnia. It uses a variety of methods to help you develop positive attitudes and habits that promote a healthy pattern of sleep.
Learn more about how CBT for insomnia is safe and effective. Get help for insomnia at an AASM-accredited sleep disorders center near you.