Neurofeedback & The Role of Sleep in Psychiatric Disorders – Dr. Martjin Arns

Posted on: February 20, 2019
Last Updated: February 27, 2019

Dr Sanil Rege, Consultant Psychiatrist and Founder of Psych Scene and Psych Scene Hub speaks to Dr. Martijn Arns, Chief Scientific Adviser, neuroCare Group; Founding Director & Senior Researcher at Research Institute Brainclinics.

Speaker Quote

I would really hope that at some point in time there will be implications for non-treatment-resistant depression because I think it [neuromodulation] can be helpful there as well, and maybe by the time it becomes more cost efficient that’s something to be considered. Other indications will come along but I don’t think that rTMS will be a magic cure. In my view, all neuromodulation techniques will have their own niche application.

Take Home Messages:

  • Neurofeedback seems to be a promising treatment for ADHD
  • Neurofeedback has been investigated favourably in the treatment of ADHD where sleep problems may explain many patient symptoms, in particular, inattentiveness
  • There is an intricate relationship between sleep and psychiatric disorders
  • Sleep deprivation/restriction has a significant negative effect on cognition
  • Blue light exposure via devices acts a major sleep disruptor due to significant melatonin suppression via blue light (This is why night shift features exist on the iPhone)
  • Developing symptom clusters and better research domain criteria will be critical if we are to develop personalised medicine for individuals
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