Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Yoga for sleep

Individuals with insomnia are seeking natural remedies to improve sleep. This article is written by a yoga instructor, as she makes some interesting claims. First, she writes that "sleeplessness" is linked to all sorts of health problems. I wonder if she is confusing sleep deprivation with insomnia. Insomnia, when diagnosed by a doctor, has not been definitively linked to all of the health problems she lists. Sleep deprivation has been studied and data links it to some of the health conditions listed. Sleep deprivation is not the same as insomnia.

Then she writes about her treatment plan for insomnia, which includes yoga poses and breathing. However, no links to studies showing this helps is provided. The one aspect that may help is counting backwards, as this technique may distract individuals from their own thoughts when in bed attempting to fall asleep. The most helpful way to improve insomnia is with a form of psychotherapy, called cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I).

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