Could music be best defense against insomnia?

Woman battling insomnia

New research out of the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem may have insomniacs resting easy. According to researchers, musical tones may be key in balancing brain activity and, in turn, reducing insomnia. “What we’ve found is that trauma of all sorts, be it physical or nonphysical, can lead to imbalances in the brain, which can interrupt normal sleep habits,” said Charles H. Tegeler, M.D., neurologist and principal investigator of the study. Brain feedback technology puts theories into practice by reflecting the brain’s frequencies back to itself using musical tones.

This non-invasive procedure creates neuromusical resonance between the musical tones the subject is hearing and the oscillating frequencies in the brain. “This technology lets the brain look at itself in real time while feeding back its own tones, therefore balancing and ‘resetting’ the brain,” Dr. Tegeler told Metro. Wake Forest’s study is among the many in a quest to understand insomnia. New data out of the Lighting Research Centre at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York links insomnia to handheld electronics. Researchers suggest that light emanating from smartphones, tablets, and laptops can trick the brain into thinking it’s daytime, thus interrupting normal sleep patterns. Others blame stress, anxiety, depression, or physical ailments for depriving them of a good night’s sleep. Regardless of the cause, it seems prescription drugs no longer stand alone when it comes to treatment options. Insomnia is a common sleep disorder. It is characterized by difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep or both. As a result, people with the condition often experience chronic fatigue and daytime sleepiness.

By Marianne Hayes

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