Neurotechnology – The Resilience, Performance, and Rehabilitation Solution for Military, Veterans, and Their Families

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Over the past decade, the first treatment response for the U.S. military and veteran epidemic of sleep disorders, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress, mental health, and suicide prevention has been pharmaceuticals which are ineffective and have long-lasting negative side effects.

At present, the suicide rate among veterans is 23 lives a day; sleep disorders among active duty is above 54%, and the most common pharmaceuticals used for mental health and sleep disorders are both highly addictive and proven to do permanent harm.

The only effective, drug-free solutions to address all of these life-debilitating physiological and psychological issues, are non-invasive neurotechnologies.

U.S. military veteran, tactical, defense and performance expert, and motivational speaker Fara Eve Barnes, founder of  Valor Performance Research & Helm Performance Training is on a mission to rapidly implement neurotechnology solutions for defense and tactical applications within the defense, military, veteran, and law enforcement populations.

Join me and his my  guest Fara Eve Barnes on TLP Radio as we discuss the role of neurotechnology in defense and tactical applications for resilience, performance and rehabilitation including:

  • implementing an advanced training model beyond the current elite mental and physical strength and extreme endurance paradigm.
  • accelerated learning for advanced skills training.
  • real-time evaluation and improvement of individual and team tactical performance, leadership, and deadly force decision making (DFDM).
  • resilience against and recovery from traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress (PTS), sleep disorders, suicide, and more.
  • non-pharmaceutical solutions offering military and their families, and veterans mobile neurotechnology hardware, software and apps with customized training and personalized programs to use in the convenience of their home or work, out in the field, and down range for optimal resilience, performance, and recovery.

When? Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 8PM Eastern. Register here for this live, free podcast.

Forgive me

Sleep Genius App Store

 

Forgive me, I can’t contain my excitement!

After months of hard work by an amazing group of people today we launched the entirely new Sleep Genius app for iOS. And then the most amazing thing happened… It has been featured as a Best New App in the App Store! Personally, I have to  agree with Apple on that point.

Can’t sleep like 25% of your family and friends? Check out the app and tell me what you think!

Android users, the new app will be in Google play anytime now.

Wearables anyone? Sleep Genius seamlessly integrates with Jawbone Up and Fitbit. Note you’ll need to in app purchase Premium for $4.99 to access the Dashboard then do your Personalized Sleep Setup to connect your wearable. Use Samsung Gear 2 or Gear 2 Neo? You’ll find the app pre loaded on your device.  Gear fit, find it here.

Promotional plug officially over. Thanks for listening… And sleep well… Zzz…

 

7 Tips for the Fall Sleep Transition

Alex Doman KUTV 2 News interview with anchor Ron Bird

Alex Doman KUTV 2 News interview with anchor Ron Bird

Are you ready for the time change? This Sunday, November 3rd at 2:00 am will mark the end of Daylight Saving Time (DST) for most of us in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. This is the time of year that our circadian clock becomes disrupted, similar to jet lag, as your body clocks adjust, resetting to a time one hour earlier than you’ve been used to since DST began in March.

Some people find this time change difficult, so KUTV 2News This Morning in Salt Lake City invited me in the studio earlier today to discuss some strategies for handling the “Fall Back” sleep transition with anchor Ron Bird. I’ve expanded on what we discussed below.

7 Tips for the Fall Sleep Transition

  • Stop bad habits– These are things that we can control; smoking, drinking caffeine or alcohol, eating big meals, or doing intensive exercise too close to bed.  Now is a great time to make better sleep hygiene choices.
  • Unplug your devices– Stop staring at your television, computer, tablet, and smart phone at least one hour before bed. Light from these screens suppresses melatonin production, robbing you of vital Zzz’s.
  • Prepare yourself– Start preparing early by trying to stay up later each night this week, starting at 15 minutes, working up to one hour leading up to the time change. By the time Sunday morning rolls around, your circadian clock should be set to the right rhythm.
  • Change your clocks– Most people automatically set the clock back the night before the time change. In the fall, changing the clock the night before will give you an extra hour of sleep. Note, some who suffer from insomnia may be better to change the clock Sunday morning.
  • Get some light– Fall and winter bring shorter and darker days which can lead to sleep problems and depression for many.  Sunlight is needed to keep a healthy circadian rhythm, so get plenty of morning and afternoon light.  If there is not enough natural light to keep you bright, consider a light box.
  • Replace your mattress– Is your mattress old and tired? Chuck it… Improve sleep efficiency by sleeping on a non-toxic, medical grade mattress that provides pressure relief to reduce tossing and turning.
  • Reset with sound– If you have trouble getting to sleep, or staying asleep the right sounds can actually improve your brain rhythms for better sleep. Try neuroscience based music and sound created using information garnered helping NASA get astronauts to sleep in space where there is a new sunrise every 90 minutes they orbit the earth! This technology is available in a mobile app and clinical grade sleep system.

Sleep is precious, and over 70 million Americans aren’t getting enough of it. I hope those of you in the Northern Hemisphere find these Fall Sleep Tips helpful in getting your nightly 8 as you make the transition to these darker, colder days.

Curious as to why DST even exists? Check out this article from National Geographic.

Mystery of Sleep Discovered?

SLEEP

For eons, scientists and philosophers have mused on the subject of why people sleep. We know that sleep is vital to our physical, emotional, and cognitive health, yet the neural mechanisms responsible for the restorative qualities of sleep have not been well understood.

New research from the Center for Translational Neuromedicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York suggest one answer to the mystery why we sleep? 

It turns out the brain performs its house cleaning while we catch our nightly zzz’s, clearing out metabolic waste products of neural activity.  Another great reason for sleep!

Watch the cleaning in action. 

Read more on BBC News.

journal Science Abstract- Sleep Drives Metabolite Clearance from the Adult Brain

Reboot Your Brain Event: Neuroscience of Sleep is Today

Reboot Your Brain

The Reboot Your Brain Free Online Summit started on Monday and is capturing the interest of people worldwide learning cutting edge ways to upgrade their brains!

My session Neuroscience of Sleep starts TODAY, Wednesday, October 16th at 12:00 Pacific. Over 40 million adults have chronic issues with sleep. If you are one of them please join me. I’ll explain why you may not be sleeping at night and will give you neuroscience’s recommendation for catching some healthy zzz’s.

There’s still time to register and listen for free! The broadcast will be available for 24 hours. 

NEUROSCIENCE OF SLEEP

Alex Doman

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 starting at 12pm Pacific/3pm Eastern

Having trouble with your sleep? Over 40 million adults have chronic issues with sleep. CEO of Advanced Brain Technologies, Alex Doman, explains exactly why you can’t sleep at night and gives us neuroscience’s recommendation for catching some healthy zzz’s.

– See more at: http://rebootyourbrainevent.com/event-page/#sthash.bdk0ram4.dpuf

If you hurry you may still be able to still catch Dr. Rory Stern’s session on ADHD. Also, watch for Dr. Siegfried Othmer discussing Neurofeedback this Friday the 18th! All the other presenters are amazing, but these two are friends for whom I have immense respect, so I wanted to make sure you knew about them.

Thank you to Brain Pages and Erin Matlock for organizing this event and inviting me to contribute. What a gift!

Please comment here or on Facebook after listening to my session if you have any thoughts or questions!

REBOOT YOUR BRAIN- Neuroscience for Better Sleep

Alex Doman

My friend Erin Matlock, and the team at Brain Pages, have created a unique, life-changing online event called REBOOT YOUR BRAIN. Over 20 premier researchers, physicians, psychologists, authors and experts will show you cutting edge ways to UPGRADE YOUR BRAIN.

The event starts October 14th.  I’m honored to be included among the esteemed panel of presenters discussing Neuroscience for Better Sleep on Day 3. Are you or a loved one among the over 40 million American adults suffering from a chronic sleep disorder? If so, please join me as I explain why it may be you can’t sleep at night. I’ll also be providing neuroscience based recommendations for catching some healthy zzz’s.

And the best part is — the event is completely FREE to everyone who registers.
Check out this list of speakers and reserve your spot right now!

How to Stop the Zombie Teen Plague

zombie teen

Which is scarier, zombie or teenager? Both can be scary, but the zombie teen is unpredictable and honestly outright terrifying!

Often they are bright, pleasant, and full of energy. This is usually later in the evening when you are ready for lights out. Being partially nocturnal they stay up with the bats, scorpions, and cockroaches. When morning comes, generally all too soon, they don’t seem to wake unless a freight train comes crashing into their bedroom. These red-eyed creatures of the night rise groggy, cantankerous and incoherent. Their sleep loss leaves them exhausted and irrational, with little impulse control. They have lower academic performance, increased risk of accidents, and a higher incidence of depression than their peers.

How widespread is the zombie teen plague? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention nearly 40% of teens sleep fewer than 6 hours a night; serious sleep deprivation = zombie teen. Less than 25% sleep eight hours, and only 7.6% sleep the recommended 9-10 hours a night.

Why is this happening? Sleep researchers have discovered that the adolescent body clock is delayed, releasing melatonin about 90 minutes later at the onset of puberty. Teens don’t get sleepy as early as the rest of us. They get over stimulated by the sugar and caffeine laden energy drinks they chug to make it through the day. They are also more reactive to nighttime light. To compound this problem they are reducing their melatonin levels by up to 22% when clutching their glowing smart phones and tablets into the late night hours.

Teenagers are night owls, not early birds. Yet, they need to get up between 5:00 and 6:30am to make the morning school bell. How do we help them? The U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has suggested a later school time, which would give teens more time to sleep according to their natural sleep cycle (Teen Sleep Zombies on TODAY). Makes sense, later start times means more alert teens and better student achievement. Some schools do have late start, but this is not all that common. Perhaps Mr. Duncan can affect some change on this front? In the meantime, how do parents stop the zombie teen plague from infecting their family?

With two teenage boys at home my wife and I have some personal experience on this front. Admittedly it is not easy to stop the disease. You need strong endurance and a good plan of attack. These sleep hygiene tips should help you prepare for battle.

10 Tips to Stop the Zombie Teen Plague

  1. Make sleep a priority
  2. Remember you are the parent
  3. Body clock, same daily sleep and wake times— weekends too
  4. Set a 9-10 hour sleep goal
  5. Just say no to sugar and caffeine
  6. Screen time, power down at sundown – 2 hours prior to bedtime
  7. Bedroom, quiet and dark like a cave
  8. Temperature, find the comfort zone
  9. Meals, avoid heavy foods late in the day
  10. Liquids, stop sips two hours before bed

Start here, try these tips as preventative measures or to transform your zombie teen back into a happy, alert, bright-eyed human. If you need more help consider a sound sleep aid to help set the brain into a healthy sleep rhythm. Concerned your teen has chronic insomnia, (at least three nights a week for a month or longer)? Contact your physician for a closer look.