Why biofeedback would help this problem: Sleep disturbances including abnormally long time to fall asleep, frequent awakenings at night long enough to be remembered, and early awakening without being able to fall back to sleep are frequently related to stress, anxiety, and depression. These problems and the extra worried thinking associated with them cause the body's normal "fight or flight" physical responses to interfere with sleep. Biofeedback used in conjunction with relaxation training and other behavioral approaches to controlling anxiety such as cognitive restructuring (which helps people rethink just how threatening the very real stresses they need to deal with really are) helps people recognize when they are having exaggerated physical stress responses and what they are responding to. The techniques help people learn to control the responses so they are not larger than they need to be nor last longer than they have to.

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