Neurofeedback training is an exercise for your brain. And just like physical exercise, consistency and routine are vital. Our team here at Grey Matters of Carmel likens neurofeedback to learning how to ride a bike. Learning this new skill as a child took practice, but if you haven’t mounted a bike in years, then it’s likely you’ll be a little wobbly the first time back in the seat.
So, how can I get the most out of my brain training? We’re glad you asked! When you begin neurofeedback training, your first time will likely require anywhere from 10-40 sessions, depending on your mental health and brain scan. After your initial training, it’s recommended to maintain your brain health and practice your training once a month. Still, there are other things you can do at home to help you get the most out of your brain training. Here is what we suggest.
Humans are creatures of habit, and if you want to get the most out of your brain training, you need to adopt this same level of consistency. Think of your brain training much like you do your physical activity. You hit the gym 2 or 3 times a week to lose weight, build muscle, and feel good. However, when you skip days or miss workouts, you find you might lose those gains. Your brain is the same way. You need to be consistent in your training for your brain to remain at peak performance. That’s why we suggest our clients stay on a monthly schedule once they complete their initial training. In less than 30 minutes of regularly scheduled training, we can ensure you never lose the gains you’ve made in your brain.
Even if you’re not brain training, sleep should always be at the top of your priority list. While you sleep, your brain makes most of its changes, filing things into long-term memory, dumping irrelevant information, or establishing new connections that will either hinder your overall health or improve it. Thus, shortchanging your sleep schedule won’t allow you to get the most out of your brain training. Sleep experts recommend that children need 10-12 hours of sleep, adolescents should be getting at least 9, and adults need 7-8.
Diet & Exercise
Many people don’t realize that your gut and your brain are constantly communicating with each other. These two systems work so closely that experts often refer to the gut as the “second brain.” That means if your digestive system is in poor condition, your mental health can suffer! To get the most out of your brain training, we recommend that you incorporate a proper diet and regular exercise. Not only will this ensure that your stomach, intestines, and bowels remain healthy, but it will also ensure that both your brain and gut remain happy.
Limit Screen Time
Do you spend endless hours scrolling through your social media feeds or watching videos? Then you’re overstimulating your brain, which is releasing dopamine regularly, making your brain feel like it’s on drugs. That’s why so many experts discourage screen time right before bed and prolonged usage in kids. The dopamine drip in children’s brains is just as potent as an adult’s, making your kids addicted to their devices. To improve your brain function and get the most out of your training, you’ll want to cut off device usage around 30 minutes before bed and 30 minutes before and after your training sessions. Remember: we’re here to promote healthy habits and sleep cycles – putting your phone or tablet down before bed will help unwind your brain and help you sleep.
Put Your Mental Health First
When your mental health is not at its peak, you can feel foggy, depressed, and anxious. Neurofeedback therapy from Grey Matters of Carmel can help with all of those challenges and others like ADD/ADHD, migraines, and apraxia. Our mission is to help you get the most out of your brain training and set you up for success with each session. To learn more about our training or how it can help you or your loved one, give us a call at (317) 215-7208.