I struggled with an uncommon sleep disorder after a 25 foot fall from a roof. Central sleep apnea is a disorder in which my breathing repeatedly stops and starts nearly 60 times each hour during sleep. Central sleep apnea, unlike obstructive sleep apnea, occurs because the brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing. Besides not getting a restful sleep, the limited oxygen level is unhealthy for brain cell structure.
A sleep study at altitude in Summit County confirmed my need to continue with the use of a VPAP device to assist sleep breathing which I had used for 18 months during sleep. The nightly use of the machine was becoming uncomfortably difficult and inconvenient with travel, and I looked for an alternative treatment. After an initial evaluation by Dr. Penny Montgomery of the Healing Unleashed, LLC homeopathic medical services, I started a series in retraining my brain using the Neurofeedback system. Ten EEG biofeedback trainings directed to different brain function areas, and specifically my brain stem as it was suspect from the major impact from the fall, created an amazing result. Oxygen saturation tests during sleep at both Denver and Winter Park altitudes, confirmed by my sleep disorder doctor, were satisfactory and I was able to discontinue the use of the VPAP machine. The neurofeedback training had returned my brain activity to normal nightly sleep breathing without the aid of a machine. What a great blessing!