Have you ever experienced long bouts of insomnia where no matter what you tried you just couldn’t fall asleep? It sucks.
Unfortunately, insomnia is a disorder in which there is no cure, and often treatments fail to work on patients. Currently, there are over 80 sleeping disorders that often overlap and as such it can be difficult to find the perfect treatment. Furthermore, the main treatment, sleeping pills, are often extremely unpleasant and have a long list of side-effects that prevent continued use. It sounds crazy to say but the solution to one’s insomnia may simply be a treatment that involves sending short blurts of electromagnetic waves through the body, referred to as Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy. This powerful technique is non-invasive and generally risk free which makes it an attractive alternative to current insomnia treatments.
The idea may sound crazy; however, it makes a lot of sense when you consider that it helps by influencing the brain waves that naturally occur in our bodies. There are five main characterized brain waves, Gamma, Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta that correspond to different brain states. Theta waves correspond to a deeply relaxed brain state and delta waves correspond to a sleep state. During PEMF treatment for insomnia, theta-delta frequencies are used to induce a sleepy state in the patient to help them sleep. Furthermore, it has been reported that PEMF stimulates the release of two important sleepy hormones, Melatonin and Human Growth Hormone. Melatonin is naturally produced by the pineal gland and responds to darkness, therefore in response to the dark it tells your brain it is bedtime. Unfortunately, the blue light emitted from our devices actually inhibit the production of melatonin which may explain why sleeping disorders are currently on the rise. Human Growth Hormone, which is naturally produced by the pituitary gland, is essential to help your body heal as you sleep and there is also a lot of evidence suggesting it can increase deep sleep. Lasty, the overall common reported effect of PEMF is recharging the body so that you have increased energy during the day. Increased energy during the day may help one sleep as your body will be more eager to get a goodnights rest.
Sleep is essential for our bodies and mind. Every adult requires about 8 hours of sleep a night, a lack of sleep can even cause a wide variety of health issues. Furthermore, if your quality of sleep is also poor you may experience similar health concerns to those you would experience with insomnia. Other than the health concerns associated with insomnia, it is generally unpleasant to feel tired. A good sleep is essential to help your body heal, have proper cognitive function and to consolidate memories. As such I honestly suggest exploring PEMF to anyone who struggles to fall asleep and hasn’t found a suitable treatment.
To conclude, PEMF is a great alternative to try and treat insomnia. It helps to restore the brains natural waves and also induces the production of sleeping hormones. As this technique is relatively safe and non-invasive and cannot really make insomnia worse it does not hurt to try.