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Stress-Induced Lack of Sleep Contributes to Violence


I don’t believe it is an accident – the recent events in Minneapolis, Dallas, Baton Rouge, Kansas City and others – were all events where a military veteran or first responder were identified as perpetrating the violence.

In a recent study by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, veterans were identified as having a six-fold increase in sleep disorders, and, those diagnosed with PTSD, combat experience, or mental disorders showed the highest rate of sleep disorders.

Numerous scientific studies have shown that sleep deprivation is linked to a variety of health issues, diseases and poor mental health states, including anxiety, depression and mood disturbances. Lack of sleep affects cognitive function, which may lead to poor decision making in a stressful, high pressure situation, potentially leading to serious and unfortunate events.

In an article published in 2014; “How sleep deprivation affects officer safety and performance”, the author states, “the consequences of sleep deprivation are amplified by the unique stressors that come with police work.” Anyone who has had a few nights of poor sleep can tell you that insomnia is associated with depression. Insufficient sleep shuts down the pre-frontal cortex and can cause or exacerbate a number of psychological conditions, ranging from anxiety to PTSD to depression. This impact on mood and mental health affects our ability to do our jobs well.

For most of us, the immediate visual exposure to this kind of traumatic news and events on a frequent basis through television, smart phones and social media, brings each of us incidents of trauma, increases our stress, and makes us each closer to the potential compromise that police and first responders may suffer. I bet you never thought about violence a couple months ago as often as you do now based on all the media input you have been fed showing violence. This input as well as the life stressors we face can put each of us in a compromised sleep position.

Is it any wonder, as we begin to understand that restful sleep is the basis for well-being, that we find that Brainwave Optimization® (BWO) clients and many users of our headband technology, Braintellect® 2 (B-2) enthusiastically report the mitigation of their diagnosed conditions when they experience sleeping significantly better and more restfully because their brain is able to reset itself? The resulting feeling with restful sleep is a better performing me as well as a me who is more relaxed and calm.

A recent B-2 user reports: “I’m 39 and suffered terrible trauma and a severe panic disorder a few years ago. I recovered for the most part, but have had many residual issues. I’ve been using B-2 for less than a week and already my memory and instant recall is better, I’m more rested in the mornings, my energy levels are higher, my achiness is less, my mood is lighter, my head is clearer, and my creativity is higher. And it’s only been a few days. Not sure if most people have such measurable results, but I can’t wait to see how well I’m feeling in a few weeks!” Becky H.

Brain State Technologies’ non-invasive technology successfully supports sleep, stress reduction, and learning enhancement, but the bottom line to all of this business for us humans is simple – if and when we get restful sleep on a regular basis, we are likely to be much more effective, feel significantly better, and be much healthier and happier people.

If you, or someone you know, falls into the 54% of the population who doesn’t get regular and consistently restful sleep, you are very likely to love the B-2.

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