Alpha-Stim electrotherapy works on psychiatric disorders, such as insomnia, by producing alterations in electric activity in large-scale brain networks. Research suggests that Alpha-Stim® CES modulates large-scale brain network activity patterns in two synergistic ways: by stimulating cranial nerves including the vagus nerve, and directly modulating oscillations in the temporal lobe which is part of the default mode network. In sleep studies, subjects rated their quality of sleep as poor dropped from 60% to 5%. After only 5 Alpha-Stim insomnia treatments, military service members with insomnia reported an increase of 43 minutes of sleep.
Alpha Stim and Insomnia
- Improves quality of sleep
- Improves length of sleep
- Improves stress response
- Safe with no adverse effects
- Enhances response to other therapies like tDCS, NFB, and HBOT
Lande RG, Gragnani C. Efficacy of Cranial Electric Stimulation for the treatment of insomnia: A randomized pilot study. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 2013; 21(1):8-13.
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Kirsch, D.L., Price, L.R., Nichols, F., Marksberry, J.A., & Platoni, K.T. Military Service Member and Veteran Self-Reports of Efficacy of Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation for Anxiety, PTSD, Insomnia, and Depression. (2014). The Army Medical Department Journal, 46-54.
Study: Efficacy of cranial electric stimulation for the treatment of insomnia: a randomized pilot study
Objectives: This pilot study examined the potential efficacy of cranial electric stimulation for the treatment of insomnia.
Design: The researchers tested the hypothesis through a randomized, double-blind, and placebo controlled clinical trial. The researchers approached eligible subjects who scored 21 or above on the Pittsburgh Insomnia Rating Scale. The researchers then randomly assigned the subjects to receive either an active or sham device. Each study subject received 60min of active or sham treatment for five days. Following each intervention the subjects completed a sleep log, as well as three and ten days later.
Setting: The researchers conducted the study among active duty service members receiving mental health care on the Psychiatry Continuity Service (PCS), Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.
Main outcome measures: The study’s primary outcome variables were the time to sleep onset, total time slept, and number of awakenings as reported by the subjects in the serial sleep logs. The researchers identified a nearly significant increase in total time slept after three cranial electric stimulation treatments among all study subjects. A closer examination of this group revealed an interesting gender bias, with men reporting a robust increase in total time slept after one treatment, decay in effect over the next two interventions, and then an increase in total time slept after the fourth treatment. The researchers speculate that the up and down effect on total time slept could be the result of an insufficient dose of cranial electric stimulation.
- Lande RG, Gragnani C. Efficacy of Cranial Electric Stimulation for the treatment of insomnia: A randomized pilot study. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 2013; 21(1):8-13.