12 doctors weighed in:
Is biofeedback effective for insomnia? What kind of biofeedback works best?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree
In brief: Possibly
Works in few cases when cause of insomnia is anxiety, stress or depression.

In brief: Possibly
Works in few cases when cause of insomnia is anxiety, stress or depression.
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Richard Bunt
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: My 2 cents
I'm sure some would challenge this as anecdotal, and justifiably so, but in my clinical experience of having treated approx.
10, 000 pts., the vast majority of sleep problems are not primary, but rather caused by something else, like anxiety, adhd, or mood disorders. Biofeedback may very well work, but first i'd recommend a careful psychiatric evaluation by a tenacious, experienced, diagnostician.

In brief: My 2 cents
I'm sure some would challenge this as anecdotal, and justifiably so, but in my clinical experience of having treated approx.
10, 000 pts., the vast majority of sleep problems are not primary, but rather caused by something else, like anxiety, adhd, or mood disorders. Biofeedback may very well work, but first i'd recommend a careful psychiatric evaluation by a tenacious, experienced, diagnostician.
Dr. Richard Bunt
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Dr. Richard Bunt
Only if whatever treatment you have subsequently been given is not working. Just because something may "run in the family" doesn't make it genetic, and even a "genetic susceptibility" doesn't necessarily mean it's a "primary" disorder. I would exhaust other options first, and I'm certainly not suggesting that there is any guarantee of success, but a shrink MAY still be able to help.
Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Personal choice
Biofeedback is an alternative medicine treatment for insomnia; and works well if done correctly.
Guided imagery can also be of benefit; as to what kind works best the answer is really a matter of personal choice. Seek out a practitioner that has experience in the field and seek the answer to this question together...Sometimes the journey is just as effective as the remedy.

In brief: Personal choice
Biofeedback is an alternative medicine treatment for insomnia; and works well if done correctly.
Guided imagery can also be of benefit; as to what kind works best the answer is really a matter of personal choice. Seek out a practitioner that has experience in the field and seek the answer to this question together...Sometimes the journey is just as effective as the remedy.
Dr. Paul Cohen
Dr. Paul Cohen
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
In brief: Yes
Biofeedback can be very helpful for insomnia.
Specifically something called cognitive behavioral therapy is designed to teach you techniques that will improve your chances of falling asleep. Many psychologists offer cbt training.

In brief: Yes
Biofeedback can be very helpful for insomnia.
Specifically something called cognitive behavioral therapy is designed to teach you techniques that will improve your chances of falling asleep. Many psychologists offer cbt training.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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