ScienceDaily (June 15, 2009) Meditation may
be an effective behavioral intervention in the
treatment of insomnia, according to a research
abstract that will be presented on June 9, at
Sleep 2009, the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Associated
Professional Sleep Societies.
Results indicate that patients saw improvements
in subjective sleep quality and sleep diary
parameters while practicing meditation. Sleep
latency, total sleep time, total wake time, wake
after sleep onset, sleep efficiency, sleep quality
and depression improved in patients who used meditation.
According to principal investigator Ramadevi
Gourineni, MD, director of the insomnia program
at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Evanston, Ill.,
insomnia is believed to be a 24-hour problem of
hyperarousal, and elevated measures of arousals
are seen throughout the day.
"Results of the study show that teaching deep
relaxation techniques during the daytime can help
improve sleep at night," said Gourineni.
The study gathered data from 11 healthy subjects
between the ages of 25 and 45 years with chronic
primary insomnia. Participants were divided into
two intervention groups for two months: Kriya
Yoga (a form of meditation that is used to focus
internalized attention and has been shown to
reduce measures of arousal) and health education.
Subjective measures of sleep and depression were
collected at baseline and after the two-month period.
Both groups received sleep hygiene education;
members of the health education group also received
information about health-related topics and how
to improve health through exercise, nutrition, weight
loss and stress management.
Abstract Title: Effects of Meditation on Sleep in
Individuals with Chronic Insomnia
Adapted from materials provided by American Academy
of Sleep Medicine.
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