BY Kristy Jenkins, M.S.

I’m so glad I caught myself. I almost wrote a boring blog article. I know better. I read those things all the time and only scan them because they’re so boring and I rarely learn anything
new. I won’t do that to you; I want you to read this entire article.

This could save your life.

Well, maybe that’s a stretch…

Remember the sleep you used to get as a kid on the weekends or on vacation? Let me take you back….to a bed in another land, long ago. When your parents let you sleep in because it was easier than babysitting you and they wanted some peace and quiet for once.

You took the time to yawn and stretch upon waking. Maybe you fell back asleep. For TWO whole hours! When you finally got out of bed, you felt energized and ready for your day of play. By the way, none of us play enough anymore. That’s a problem. Go do that.

You had slept for twelve to fourteen hours. You felt amazing. Your brain was sharp. Your body and mind were relaxed. Sound familiar? I can remember this like it was yesterday. Where did that go? Why don’t our brains perform like that for us anymore? Did our brains get a lucrative contract elsewhere and now they’re just phoning it in?!

We’ve all been lectured by the media about how important sleep is to our overall well-being. Poor sleep contributes to increased risk for cancer, heart disease, stroke, and depression. Great sleep lowers risk factors and improves mood, decision-making, problem solving, focus, immunity, and weight (we eat extra to get the energy we should have received from sleep). So
why aren’t we prioritizing quality sleep?

We don’t prioritize quality sleep because until now, we only had a few options for improving sleep on our own. Not anymore! Pairing good sleep hygiene with BrainSpa’s Neurofeedback can vastly improve sleep quality, therefore causing us to have more energy and function better every day. With an 80% efficacy rate and fans across the globe touting it’s ability to naturally
improve everything from sleep and PTSD to depression and chronic pain, neurofeedback has been competing with medications and winning for decades.

With brain training and a proper sleep hygiene routine that includes keeping a regular sleep schedule and turning off screens an hour before bedtime, productivity goes up and that 3pm crash disappears. Better sleep doesn’t have to be difficult.

We’re always trying to make improvements in our quality of life, but we often fail because our left logical brain can’t engage when we need it most. Our left brain stores all the logical things we know we ‘should’ do like exercise more, eat better, or go to sleep on time.

The reason we can’t follow through with these good intentions is that our left logical brain gets bullied by our right emotional brain. It’s as simple as that. Neurofeedback teaches both sides of the brain to work together and function in a more efficient and balanced way. It also teaches the brain to improve the sleep cycle (REM and deep sleep) which is the restorative part of slumber.

So if you want to relive those glory days of incredible sleep, consider my easy approach; use the links above to learn more about sleep hygiene and neurofeedback. One more tip: every hour you get to sleep before midnight is worth two hours in terms of quality, restorative, child-like slumber.

Kristy Jenkins, M.S.