Yoga as a Treatment for Insomnia

Yoga as a Treatment for Insomnia


Patrocinador principal: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

Fuente National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Resumen breve

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of a daily, 8-week treatment for insomnia using yoga, relaxation exercises or sleep hygiene.

Descripción detallada

Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by a chronic difficulty in initiating and maintaining sleep which has a relatively high prevalence and a significant socioeconomic cost. There is good evidence that cognitive and/or physiological arousal, associated with sustained sympathetic activation, is one of the underlying causes of insomnia. Relaxation treatments such as progressive relaxation and meditation which address the cognitive and somatic arousal associated with insomnia have been found to be effective. Yoga is a comprehensive discipline which includes physical exercises, postures, breathing techniques, and meditation, for the purpose of improving health and well being. Research studies have documented the effectiveness of yoga in reducing sympathetic activation and cognitive and somatic arousal and in the treatment of specific medical disorders. Although it has been used and recommended for the treatment of insomnia, its effectiveness has not been evaluated in a randomized, controlled study. The aim of this proposal is to evaluate the effectiveness of yoga, relaxation exercises or sleep hygiene in the treatment of chronic psychophysiological insomnia. A subjective measure of sleep onset latency will be derived from daily sleep diaries, and an objective measure will be drawn from polysomnographic recordings. Sleep onset latency will be evaluated before and after a two month treatment period in a total of 48 young men and women who have been carefully screened for psychiatric and medical disorders. Subjects will be assigned to a yoga, relaxation exercise, or sleep hygiene treatment group. We anticipate that yoga practice will prove to be an effective treatment for insomnia which will yield significant improvements in sleep onset latency. We also anticipate that these improvements will be maintained at long-term follow up evaluation.

Estado general Completed
Fecha de inicio April 2001
Fecha de Terminación December 2008
Fecha de finalización primaria December 2008
Fase Phase 2
Tipo de estudio Interventional
Resultado primario
Medida Periodo de tiempo
Sleep onset latency 8 weeks
Inscripción 48

Tipo de intervención: Behavioral

Nombre de intervención: Yoga, Relaxation Exercises, Sleep Hygiene

Descripción: Sleep hygiene and relaxation exercises, with additional yoga

Etiqueta de grupo de brazo: 1



Inclusion criteria

- A primary complaint of sleep-onset insomnia for at least 6 months.

- Reside in the metropolitan Boston area

Exclusion Criteria

- No current other nonpharmacological treatment for insomnia.

- Ability or willingness to discontinue use of hypnotic medications.

- No rotating or night shift work, or transcontinental travel throughout the course of the study protocol.

- No recent or anticipated major life stressors over the course of the study protocol (e.g. impending divorce or terminal illness of a relative).

Género: All

Edad mínima: 25 Years

Edad máxima: 59 Years

Voluntarios Saludables: No

Oficial general
Apellido Papel Afiliación
Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD Principal Investigator Brigham and Women's Hospital
Instalaciones: Brigham and Women's Hospital Division of Sleep Medicine
Ubicacion Paises

United States

Fecha de verificación

April 2015

Fiesta responsable

Nombre Titulo: Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD

Organización: Brigham and Women's Hospital, Division of Sleep Medicine

Palabras clave
Tiene acceso ampliado No
Condición Examinar
Número de brazos 2
Grupo de brazo

Etiqueta: 1

Tipo: Experimental

Descripción: Yoga treatment for 8 weeks

Etiqueta: 2

Tipo: No Intervention

Descripción: Sleep hygiene instructions only

Información de diseño del estudio

Asignación: Randomized

Modelo de intervención: Parallel Assignment

Propósito primario: Treatment

Enmascaramiento: None (Open Label)