The latest statistics report that 50-70 million adults have chronic sleep disorders and nearly 40% of all adults fall asleep unintentionally during the day, a problem strongly associated with sleep disorders. The team at MindSet have a unique and highly effective approach to treating sleep disorders called personalized repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (PrTMS®), which corrects the unusual brain activity associated with sleep disorders. To learn if PrTMS® is a possible treatment option, call the office in San Diego, California, or schedule an appointment online.
Sleep disorders represent a serious problem because sleep deprivation affects cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and physical health. Being sleep deprived has a negative impact on memory and makes it hard to make decisions, concentrate, and control emotions.
Lack of sleep is associated with many health problems. It increases the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and kidney disease. Sleep affects hunger hormones and insulin. As a result, sleep deficiency leads to weight gain and increases the chance of developing diabetes.
Finally, it goes without saying that sleep deficiency affects energy level throughout the day. Ongoing fatigue impacts performance at work or school and raises the risk of falling asleep behind the wheel.
The most common sleep disorders include:
Insomnia includes having a hard time falling asleep, sleeping for a short time, being awake most of the night, and waking too early yet not being able to get back to sleep.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when a patient repeatedly stops breathing during sleep because their upper airway is temporarily blocked.
This is a neurological movement disorder that causes an uncontrollable urge to move the legs. The urge is accompanied by unpleasant sensations in the legs.
Narcolepsy is characterized by overpowering daytime drowsiness and suddenly falling asleep. In rare cases, narcolepsy is accompanied by loss of muscle tone.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive treatment that uses a magnetic field to stimulate nerve activity in the brain. As repeated treatments with TMS normalize brain activity, the problems associated with the unusual brainwave activity improve.
This type of treatment applies to sleep disorders because electroencephalograms (EEGs) show that people with sleep disorders have brain arrhythmias, or irregular brainwaves, compared to the brain activity in people who don’t have sleep disorders.
PrTMS® uses the same type of treatment as TMS. The TMS device has an electromagnetic coil, which produces magnetic pulses that safely travel through the skull and into a specific area of the brain. However, PrTMS® significantly improves on the procedure by personalizing it to a patient’s unique brainwaves.
During standard TMS, everyone with many types of disorders are exposed to the same treatment protocol. With PrTMS®, the team at MindSet fully personalizes treatment with these three steps:
The team begins by performing an EEG using their PeakLogic ComfortScan™. This device is wireless and obtains an accurate EEG in under five minutes. The information is then used to map brain activity and identify brain arrhythmias -- a key component for customizing PrTMS® treatment.
Patients complete a questionnaire to provide information about their symptoms and sleep patterns.
A patient’s brain map and information from their questionnaire are combined and analyzed using advanced PeakLogic Software. The data that’s produced allows the team at MindSet to determine the precise areas of the brain to target with PrTMS®, as well as the minimal intensity of the magnetic impulses needed to treat brainwave disruptions and restore normal electrical activity.
Patients don’t need to do anything during PrTMS® treatment other than to sit in a relaxing chair for 30 minutes while the TMS device delivers magnetic impulses. The initial treatment protocol for most patients includes sessions on five days a week for 6-8 weeks. Over the course of the treatment, patients receive additional EEGs so the team can monitor the changes in brainwaves and adjust PrTMS® intensity as needed.
If you continue to struggle with a sleep disorder, call MindSet or schedule an appointment online to learn if PrTMS® can help.