I Have Sleep Issues, Can Neurofeedback Help With Insomnia? by Meeray Ghaly

Quality sleep is vital to our emotional and physical wellbeing.

During sleep, the brain has a chance to sort, prioritise and file all the information taken in during the day. Mental functioning decreases nearly twice as rapidly as physical performance with decreased sleep.



Sleep & Relaxation


The reasons for sleep difficulties are varied.

It may be due to stress, anxiety, burnout, trauma, or repetitive thinking in loops.

Whatever the cause, the brain has lost the ability to shift into the correct state for sleep. 

Lack of adequate sleep can affect judgment, mood, and ability to learn and retain information, and may increase the risk of serious accidents and injury.

Research shows that people with insomnia have different brain activity to those who sleep well.

Alongside sleep, your ability to 'relax' and remain calm during the day is an important factor in mental and physical wellbeing, but too often we can get 'caught up' and when stress accumulates, it can impact on many and varied ways.

How can Neurofeedback Be Helpful to Me? 

It is possible through neurofeedback to re-train your brain to allow for deep, natural and restorative sleep. As the brain becomes more balanced, clients report improvement in sleep, easier time getting up in the morning and greater focus.  People also report that they are able to 'let go' more easily, feel calmer and are more to be in the present.






Natural Sleep Rhythms: From Cells to Behavior

How NeurOptimal® potentially interfaces with, and restores, natural sleep rhythms.  New evidence mapping cellular networks underlying the brain’s circadian timing nucleus has provided a potential locus of control for the human circadian rhythm (HCR). This network provides a biologically plausible regulatory site for external influence of the HCR-notably pharmacologic agents, environmental influence, and particularly salient to this presentation, NeurOptimal®.

Dr. Ed O'Malley, Ph.D, FAASM (PhD in Neurobiology at Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Sciences; postdoc in EEG brain-mapping and clinical fellowship for board certification in Sleep Medicine (NYU School of Medicine); Director, Norwalk Hospital Sleep Disorders Center for 12 years-pioneered neurofeedback for insomnia).



Optimal Sleep Using NeurOptimal®: Insomnia Studies

Dr. Ed O'Malley, Ph.D, FAASM

Effectiveness of Neurofeedback Training In Chronic Insomnia

Okunola O,1 O’Malley E,2 O’Malley M2
(1) Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk, Connecticut, Norwalk, CT, USA, (2) Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk, CT, USA

Global qEEG Changes Associated With Non-frequency & Non-site Specific Neurofeedback Training

Dr. Ed O'Malley, Ph.D., FAASMand Merlyn Hurd, PhD, BCIAC/EEG Fellow, New York, NY



Further Reading:

  • Insomnia and Brain Health: The Neurofeedback Connection (View)
  • Sleep Recovery: A Non-Drug Approach to Sleeping Better (View)
  • Study on supplementation of melatonin, magnesium, and zinc for primary insomnia - was shown to improve the quality of sleep. (View)