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Do you have….  

  • Difficulty falling asleep?

  • Waking up too early and not being able to get back to sleep?

  • Frequent awakenings?

  • Waking up feeling unrefreshed?

If you answered “Yes” to any of the above questions.. Keep reading…


  • While sleep requirements vary slightly from person to person, most healthy adults need between 7.5 to 9 hours of sleep per night to function at their best.

  • Infants require about 16 hours a day

  • Teenagers need about 9 hours on average

  • The amount of sleep a person needs increases if he or she has been deprived of sleep in previous days.

Getting too little sleep creates a “sleep debt” which is much like being overdrawn at a bank. Eventually, your body will demand that the debt be repaid. If you’re averaging only four hours a night, your brain reacts as though you haven’t slept at all for three consecutive nights. Many people are too tired to realize how sleep-deprived they are, but they have slower reaction time, weaker memory, and other thinking impairments.

In the United States:

  • Average number of fatal crashes caused by drowsy driving each year: 1,550.

  • 39% of Health care workers who have had a near miss accident at work because of fatigue in the last year.

  • 19% of health workers who report worsening a patient’s condition because of fatigue.

  • 44% of law enforcement workers who report having taken unnecessary risks while tired.

  • 80% of US regional pilots reporting they sometimes nod off in the cockpit.


  • Stress Relationships: Disruption of a bed partner’s sleep due to a sleep disorder may cause significant problems for the relationship (for example, separate bedrooms, conflicts, moodiness, etc.).

  • Poor Quality of Life: You might, for example, be unable to participate in certain activities that require sustained attention, like going to the movies, seeing your child in a school play, or watching a favorite TV show.

  • Occupational Injury: Excessive sleepiness also contributes to a greater than twofold higher risk of sustaining an occupational injury.

  • Automobile Injury: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates conservatively that each year drowsy driving is responsible for at least 100,000 automobile crashes, 71,000 injuries, and 1,550 fatalities.

  • Several major disasters have been linked in part with too little sleep in the workplace: Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and the Exxon Valdez

  • Sleep-deprived drivers are just as dangerous as drunk drivers, Kaplan says. In one study, people who drove after being awake for 17 to 19 hours performed worse than those who had a blood alcohol level of .05%. (A blood alcohol level of .08% is considered legally intoxicated in many states.)


In the long term, the clinical consequences of untreated sleep disorders are large indeed. They are associated with numerous, serious medical illnesses, including:

  • High blood pressure

  • Heart attack

  • Heart failure

  • Stroke

  • Obesity

  • Psychiatric problems, including depression and other mood disorders

  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

  • Mental impairmentFetal and childhood growth retardation

  • Injury from accidents

  • Disruption of bed partner’s sleep quality

  • Poor quality of life

Studies show an increased mortality risk for those reporting less than either six or seven hours per night. One study found that reduced sleep time is a greater mortality risk than smoking, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Sleep disturbance is also one of the leading predictors of institutionalization in the elderly, and severe insomnia triples the mortality risk in elderly men.


How much a person sleeps at night can impact their weight.

Remarkably, sleep loss may also be a contributing factor to obesity. John Winkelman, MD, PhD, medical director of the Sleep Health Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School sums up this finding up nicely:”What most people do not realize is that better sleep habits may be instrumental to the success of any weight management plan.


Sleep disorders always accompany Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia. In 1975, two Canadian physicians and researchers, Harvey Moldofsky, MD, and Hugh Smythe, MD suspected sleep disorders as a factor in Fibromyalgia. They conducted sleep studies to prove their theory and concluded that the patients not only had sleep abnormalities but also had dysregulation of normal body circadian rhythms affecting periods of wakefulness too. Circadian rhythms are primarily controlled by brainwaves.



  • Over the Counter Medications

  • Non-Benzodiazepine Hypnotics

  • Benzodiazepine Hypnotics

  • Antidepressants


Included in this family of drugs is:

  • Ambien

  • Sonata

  • Lunesta

  • Imovane

  • Rozerem

General side effects may include:

  • Drowsiness

  • Dizziness

  • Fatigue

  • Headache

  • Diarrhea

  • Sleep-driving

  • Making phone calls

  • Preparing and eating food while asleep.


  • Commonly prescribed benzodiazepines:

    • Flurazepam (Dalmane)

    • Clonazepam (Klonopin)

    • Quazepam (Doral)

    • Triazolam (Halcion)

    • Lorazepam (Ativan)

    • Alprazolam (Xanax)

    • Temazepam (Restoril)

    • Oxazepam (Serax)

    • Prazepam (Centrax)

    • Estazolam (ProSom)

    • Flunitrazepam (Rohypnol).

  • Side effects include:

    • Severe allergic reactions, including facial swelling

    • Respiratory problems

    • These drugs may increase depression

    • Residual daytime drowsiness

    • Significantly increased risk for automobile accidents and falls

    • Memory loss (so-called traveler’s amnesia), sleepwalking, sleep driving, eating while asleep, and other odd mood states may occur.

    • Urinary incontinence may occur

    • Because these drugs cross the placenta and enter breast milk pregnant women or nursing mothers should not use them.

    • Benzodiazepine use in the first trimester of pregnancy may be associated with the development of cleft lip

  • Withdrawal symptoms usually occur after prolonged use and indicate dependence.

    • They can last 1 – 3 weeks after stopping the drug and may include:

  • Gastrointestinal distress

  • Sweating

  • Disturbed heart rhythm

  • In severe cases, patients might hallucinate or experience seizures, even a week or more after the drug has been stopped.

Rebound insomnia, which often occurs after withdrawal, typically includes 1 – 2 nights of sleep disturbance, daytime sleepiness, and anxiety. In some cases, patients may experience the return of the original severe insomnia.


A number of quality studies have been published that show the effectiveness of neurofeedback in not only easing the withdrawal symptoms of sleeping pills, but also normalizing a patients sleep patterns without the use of any medications at all. Neurofeedback research is based upon the principle that insomnia Is connected with what is called hyper-arousal within the brain and central nervous system.  This hyper-arousal is bio-electrical, or brainwave based in nature

Mental states are associated with specific brainwavesEach brainwave represents a specific processing speed of the brain– also known as arousal levelThese brainwaves include:

  • Delta

  • Theta

    • ?Delta and Theta represent the slowest processing speeds and are associated with a twilight state

  • Alpha

    • Alpha represents a slightly faster processing speed and is associated with quiet wakefulness such as when you meditate

  • Beta

    • Beta represents the fastest processing speed and is associated with external focus, thought and concentration.

?Neurofeedback is an innovative form of brain training that retrains brainwaves through auditory and/or visual stimulation by simply watching a movie, listening to music, or playing a video game. Neurofeedback works on a subconscious level, through a psychological process called operant conditioning. The brain is conditioned to reduce unwanted symptoms through positive and negative reinforcement. This form of brain training is an alternative and holistic form of treatment to medication. It is non-invasive, uses no medication, it is painless, and long-lasting. With brain training sessions completed twice a week, which averages between 40-50 sessions in total, many clients are able to reduce or cease their medication usage once their brainwaves are retrained and are functioning correctly.

If you are sick and tired of being tired and unable to sleep, please call us at (844) 272-4666 or go to www.BrainCoreUSA.com/Booking and book a free neurofeedback session to learn more.

We want to meet you, hear your story and discuss options on how to help.

A free session is our way to provide you an opportunity to try neurofeedback and answer any questions you may have in a convenient and stress-free environment.

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