The neurofeedback element of the system is closely aligned with mindfulness meditation. It would be possible to achieve similar benefits by performing mindfulness meditation before sleep, however, mindfulness meditation requires practice before the benefits can be felt. Here are some helpful thoughts on mindfulness.
Mindfulness mediation is not a new topic and in fact, the exercise has been around for many years. What it really comes down to is ‘paying attention on purpose’ or being in the moment so that you’re aware of what’s going on in your own mind.
- Find a quiet place, and get into a comfortable sitting position/ Practice focusing on your breathing, and the present moment, for 8 or 10 minutes at first, then gradually increase the time.
- Notice when your attention wanders off. Don't lose patience with yourself. It's common when you first start. Just be aware of when that happens and gently redirect your attention back to your breath.
- Accept a certain degree of discomfort and avoid shifting positions and moving around too much. Focus on stillness.
- Develop concentration and mindfulness together. Concentration helps you see your mistakes while mindfulness helps you remove the stories you’re telling yourself about how you made them.
- Your mindfulness practice should fit your lifestyle, after all, you’re not a monk living in a monastery.
Mindfulness practice helps you improve their mental abilities, such as abstract thinking, memory and creativity. And, it extends to relationships, improving leadership and social skills. Perhaps most importantly, it simply helps you enjoy life with all the good, bad and ugly that comes with it.
Mindfulness is an acceptance of the present moment, whatever that might be.
So until researchers come up with a home device to trick our brains into deep sleep, consider practicing mindfulness meditation. You may discover something wonderful and feel better, too.