What is it?
Sleep disorders can have a profound negative effect on every aspect of our lives. Inadequate sleep influences our energy, disrupts our ability to concentrate, disturbs our state of mind, and affects our overall well-being. Left untreated, complications caused by sleep disorders may induce further health consequences.
Sleep is an essential human requirement crucial to our physical and mental well-being. Healthy sleeping patterns benefit our mood quality, hormone regulation, immune system, and cognitive functioning. Sleep quality directly influences how well we efficiently and productively function in our daily lives.
Types of Sleep Disorders
There are many different types of sleep disorders. All of which alter the quality and quantity of restful sleep we experience. They often are associated with other medical conditions and mental health disorders.
Common sleep disorders are insomnia, sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, sleep-related hypoventilation, nightmare disorder, hypersomnolence disorder, narcolepsy, and restless legs syndrome. Of these types, insomnia is the most common sleep disorder experienced, considering the many factors that cause it.
Insomnia is experiencing difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. It is estimated that 40-50% of people with insomnia are also affected by a mental health disorder. Statistics show that 75% of those diagnosed with depression also experience insomnia. In addition, 90% of people with combat-related PTSD, suffer from insomnia.
How does it affect us?
Common characteristics of insomnia are physical and mental fatigue. This results in decreased energy, decreased cognitive functioning, and mood irritability. These conditions can potentially harm those experiencing them and those around them. Mental fatigue often leads to poor decision-making that jeopardizes the health and well-being of many.
As stated earlier, insomnia is often associated with mental health disorders. Sleep deprivation can dramatically increase the effects of depression and anxiety. It is also connected to many health ailments like heart disease and diabetes. Medical and neurological complications such as arthritic diseases, congestive heart failure, and Parkinson’s disease have also been linked to poor sleep quality.
The symptoms and consequences associated with insomnia are reasons to seek professional help towards eliminating potential risks of harm to us and others.
What can be done about Sleep Disorders?
Treatment for those suffering from chronic sleep disorders should involve medical healthcare assistance. Physicians can determine whether a mental or medical condition is causing sleep disturbances. They can also establish whether medication, substance abuse, or other medical conditions are the source of the complications.
Sleep disorders are often treated with medication and cognitive behavior therapy. Several different medications and antidepressants are prescribed for sleep disorders, with many becoming habit-forming. These medications should only be used under a physician's care and for short periods.
How can Brain Frequency™ help?
The Brain Frequency™ AI system is an innovative therapeutic approach to improving brain health and wellness. We use proprietary science-based technology to promote optimal brain functioning across mental, emotional, physical, and social domains. Our diagnostic technology and individualized treatment protocols help decrease or eliminate trauma-related symptoms and various mental health disorders.
The Brain Frequency™ 3 Step Treatment Process consists of; first, performing a Baseline EEG and completing Psychometric Assessments; second, conducting a Brain Frequency Consultation; and third, Initiating Treatment.
An Electroencephalogram (EEG) analyzes brain waves and produces a brain map identifying current and optimal frequencies in 19 areas of the brain. Based on the individualized brain map, Brain Frequency™ will determine possible diagnoses of various mental health disorders or brain trauma for the provider to consider during treatment. Brain Frequency™ AI software provides clinicians with an "Approval Ready" treatment plan using personalized protocols based on each patient's needs.
Those suffering from sleep disorders can efficiently and effectively treat their disorder using the Brain Frequency™ AI system. Our innovative system drastically reduces the time needed to properly diagnose and construct treatment plans leading to a faster recovery and greater quality of life.
Tammy C. Perez, M.A., NCC, LCDC, LPC
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