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Meditation May Be An Effective Treatment For Insomnia

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    ScienceDaily (June 15, 2009) — Meditation may be an effective behavioral intervention in the treatment of insomnia, according to a research abstract that
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      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
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      Adapted from materials provided by American Academy
      of Sleep Medicine.

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