Meditation may be effective for treating insomnia

June 9th, 2009 - 2:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, June 9 (IANS) Meditation may be an effective remedy in treating insomnia, latest research suggests.
According to Ramadevi Gourineni, principal study investigator and director of the insomnia programme at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Illinois, insomnia is thought to be a 24-hour problem of hyper-arousal. Moreover, elevated measures of arousal are seen throughout the day.

The study collected data from 11 healthy subjects between the ages of 25 and 45 years who suffered from chronic primary insomnia. Participants were divided into two intervention groups for two months.

The first group was taught Kriya Yoga, a form of meditation that is used to focus internalized attention and has been shown to reduce measures of arousal. The second group received health education.

Participants of the health education group also received information about health-related topics and how to improve health through nutrition, exercise, weight loss and stress management.

Results suggested that patients saw improvements in subjective sleep quality and sleep diary parameters while practicing meditation. Patients who practiced meditation saw improvements in sleep latency, total sleep time, total wake time, wake after sleep onset, sleep efficiency and sleep quality.

Findings of this study were presented at SLEEP 2009, the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.

Dr. Ramadevi Gourineni completed her medical school at Kurnool Medical College in Andhra Pradesh, India. She was raised in the United States prior to this. Dr. Gourineni’s has a special interest in behavioural treatment of insomnia and currently is involved in research studying the effects of meditation on stress and sleep in individuals with chronic insomnia.

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