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MeRT for Insomnia: Brain Treatment for a Better Night’s Sleep

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Everyone has the occasional sleepless night. However, if you find most nights start and end with tossing and turning, you’re likely experiencing insomnia. The good news is that Magnetic Resonance Therapy, or MeRT, is an FDA-approved, personalized brain treatment that has shown great success in helping people drastically improve their sleep quality.

Insomnia is very common – one 2016 study reported that approximately 33% of adults had chronic insomnia. And while there are many “treatments” for insomnia – like sleeping pills or hypnosis — many of these so-called sleep remedies fail to treat the root cause of sleep problems.

There are many underlying causes of insomnia. Factors like lifestyle, medication use, excess stress levels, diet, and a poor sleep routine can all make getting a night’s sleep more difficult. Some chronic health issues, such hormonal imbalances, hyperthyroidism, or chronic pain can also contribute to insomnia.

Furthermore, there is a significant link between sleep disorders and brain activity. Mental health disorders and brain hyperactivity can both cause chronic insomnia, which in turn can worsen symptoms of depression, anxiety, or restlessness.

MeRT has been proven effective to improve symptoms for a wide range of neurological disorders, including depression, PTSD, autism, and more. One of the first benefits of MeRT many people experience is improved sleep!

If a lack of sleep is disrupting your life, MeRT has the potential to radically improve your sleep patterns and make you feel better prepared for the day ahead. Here’s an overview of an effective brain treatment for insomnia

The Link Between Your Brain and Insomnia

Sleep and your brain have a give-and-take relationship. On one hand, your unique brain biology and genetic factors can make it more difficult for you to sleep. In turn, consistently getting poor sleep at night can physically change the structure of your brain and lead to poor brain activity patterns that affect many areas of your life.

Have you ever gotten poor night’s sleep and noticed you’re struggling to forget things the next day or feel more depressed and irritable than usual? This is because without sleep your brain cells struggle to communicate effectively. Cells in certain areas of your brain may slow down, and there might be a dramatic lag in your response times.

The Sleeping Brain

Your brain relies on sleep to function at its full capacity. When you sleep, your brain doesn’t just shut off and regain energy. In fact, your brain is very active during sleep.

While you sleep, your brain goes through two distinct phases: slow-wave sleep (SWS) and rapid eye movement (REM). During SWS, your brain and body slow down. Your muscles relax, your brainwaves become slower, and your body starts to regenerate and repair.

During REM sleep, your brain becomes much more active. During this sleep phase, your brain processes memories — picking out key information that needs to be stored in your long-term memory — and learning areas of your brain are activated. Your eyes begin to move rapidly in your sleep, and your blood pressure and heart rate quicken their pace. You are more likely to experience vivid dreams. And unless you have a parasomnia disorder like sleepwalking, your muscles become temporarily paralyzed.

Neurodegenerative Disorders and Sleep Deprivation

Researchers also hypothesize that sleep plays a crucial role in allowing your brain to dispose of protein waste that is shed through the brain’s glymphatic system. This is a key finding as Alzheimer’s, the most common neurogenerative disease, is thought to be caused by toxic protein build-up around brain cells. There is also recent research suggesting a strong link between sleep deprivation and neurogenerative diseases, especially in people with poor sleep patterns in their 50s and 60s.

Mental Health and Sleep

Poor mental health can make it more difficult for you to sleep. One study found that 75% of people with depression also have insomnia, and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs reports that 90% to 100% of veterans with PTSD struggle with insomnia. There is also a strong link between ADHD and sleep, with 25% to 55% of people with ADHD reporting sleep disturbances.

Do you want to improve your sleep habits? Learn more about how MeRT can help improve the function of your brain.

MeRT Treatment for Insomnia

The 4 Steps to MeRT Treatment for Insomnia Infographic

MeRT is a revolutionary treatment that improves your brain’s pathways and treats root causes of insomnia, such as PTSD, ADHD, depression, and other neurological issues. With MeRT, Dr. Radawi can create customized treatments that target the source of your insomnia — instead of just treating the symptoms. This pain-free and non-invasive process utilizes FDA-approved equipment to identify and treat brain patterns.

MeRT treatments work in four steps.

1. Create a Brain Map

The first step is to record your normal brain patterns and create a map showing how your brain regularly functions. It will allow your functional medicine doctor to see where your insomnia may be stemming from.

2. Review the Brain Map

The next step is to have your doctor analyze your brain map. This allows them to identify the root cause of your insomnia and why you face issues with your sleep. We can see where your chemical imbalance is happening and create a plan for correcting it.

3. MeRT Treatment Time

Next, you’ll start on your MeRT treatment for insomnia. You’ll come in for a few sessions where electromagnetic waves will be sent through your brain to stimulate and encourage proper brain functionality.

4. Evaluate Your Progress

Lastly, we’ll have a progress evaluation. This includes sitting down and analyzing how your brain has changed over your treatment. We can change the treatment plan if needed to find the best solution.

Dr. Radawi of Tri-Cities Functional Medicine utilizes this breakthrough treatment method to help improve people’s sleep and lives. He uses MeRT to rewrite your brain to function properly. Don’t let insomnia continue controlling your life; get back to the life you want.

Want to learn more about how MeRT could help you or a loved one with insomnia? Take the first step:

Watch our free webinar to learn about our approach to the health concerns you are facing.

Schedule a free discovery call to discuss your health concerns and goals to see if our practice is a good fit for you.

● After your discovery call – if we are a good fit, you’ll schedule a consultation with our doctor to dive deeper and formulate an individualized treatment plan for you.

Tri-Cities Functional Medicine is located in Johnson City, Tennessee, and serves patients throughout East Tennessee and into Virginia and North Carolina. These areas include but are not limited to: Washington County, TN, Sullivan County, TN, Carter County, TN, Greene County, TN, Knox County, TN, Bristol, TN, Holston Valley, TN, Tri-Cities, TN, Walnut Hill, TN, Elizabethton, TN, Greeneville, TN, Morristown, TN, Blountville, TN, Bluff City, TN, Kingsport, TN, Jonesborough, TN, Colonial Heights, TN, Limestone, TN, Knoxville, TN, Bristol, VA, and Abingdon, VA