It seems that everyone in American culture has to deal with varying degrees of mental fatigue due to a lack of sleep. It's estimated that 100 million people in this country now go without adequate sleep on a nightly basis. The average sleep duration for these people is between 4 and 6 hours. Over time, this leads to increased risks for heart disease, stoke, impaired driving and a whole host of other deadly ailments which are silently ignored by doctor and patient alike.
The fine folks in the pharmaceutical industry see this as an endless market of desperate, hopeless people who are willing to turn a blind eye to the side effects, memory loss and out and out risk of death from long term use of sleeping pills for insomnia. At last count, the sleeping pill market reached 4.5 billion dollars per year in domestic sales.
A recent study, impeccably carried out, concluded that there is an almost four-fold increase in premature death from taking as little as 18 sleeping pills, not a month, but a year.
So as Americans
desperately try to find solutions and answers to their insomnia, there
is a little known treatment gaining ground that uses a non-drug,
non-invasive brainwave biofeedback treatment called neurofeedback. The treatment
reorganizes and balances the bio-electrical aspects of the human brain
to "re-set" the sleep architecture in such a way that calms the brain of
stress and anxiety, which in turn allows the brain to achieve
restorative rest. The beauty of neurofeedback, as opposed to sleeping
pills, it that there is an end-game. On average, after
20 sessions, the brain is rebalanced and will maintain the gains after
the cessation of treatment.