Monday, September 23, 2013

Yoga may improve insomnia

This article discusses research showing that twice a week yoga may help woman with breast cancer sleep better. Improvements were seen in sleep quality and duration in women with a clinical diagnosis of insomnia and in those that just had mild sleep disruption. Those that were in the yoga group reduced sleep medicine use by 21 percent per week. Those not in the yoga group increased their sleep aid use by 5 percent per week. The participants use Gentle Hatha yoga, which focuses on physical postures, and Restorative yoga, with an emphasis on relaxation, breathing and meditation. I've never done yoga, so I am not sure if other types of yoga would also benefit sleep quality.

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