Biofeedback in the Treatment of Insomnia
Lothar Niepoth, Dipl. Psych.
Approximately 8 million people are suffering from psychophysiologic (non-organic) sleeping disorders in Germany – how can Bio- and Neurofeedback be used in the treatment of sleeping disorders?
This one-day-workshop aims at introducing the participants to the basics of sleep disorders, like classification, common diagnostic tools, sleep architecture and relevant comorbidities. Furthermore, you will learn basic knowledge about standard treatment and medication.
There are some sleep disorders that are of special interest to Bio- and Neurofeedback- practitioners thus we will focus on:
- Psychophysiological Insomnia
- Inadequate Sleep Hygiene
- Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders
- Insomnia associated with medical disorders
- Insomnia associated with substance-related addiction
- RLS, Apnea, Narcolepsy
Lots of research has also proven the efficacy of Neurofeedback in the treatment of sleeping disorders – we will discuss the latest study results and practice the implementation of SMR training, theta training and training of sleep spindles. Participants may exercise electrode placement following AASM and detecting common artefacts. Depending on the needs of the participants a digression to brain mapping in diagnostics can be offered.
In recent years, more and more devices have been developed which make an outpatient analysis of one’s EEG-pattern during sleep possible. The pros and cons of those devices will be outlined and discussed.
About Lothar Niepoth, Dipl. Psych.
Lothar Niepoth, born in 1959, Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist (BT, body-centered therapy), Biofeedback Therapist DGBfb (German Society for Biofeedback) and trainer of the German Society for biofeedback-education. Trainer of Behavioral Therapy and Trainer for Biofeedback (BFB) and Neurofeedback (NFB). Board member of the DGBfb since 2004 and since 2009 president of the DGBfb.
Many years of experience as Clinical Psychologist in hospitals with somatoform disorders and also research. Since 1994 owner of a practice for Psychotherapy and Bio/Neurofeedback in Munich. Also teacher in several universities with BFB in the field of sleeping disorders, hypertension and bruxism.
Several publications in the field of somatoform disorders, Biofeedback and Neurofeedback (e.g. Biofeedback bei Schlafstörungen in: Rief/Birbaumer: Biofeedback, last: Leitlinien und Ausbildung in: Strehl: Neurofeedback - Theoretische Grundlagen - Praktische Vorgehen - Wissenschaftliche Evidenz, 2013).