By Faye Martins
Millions of people around the world are affected by sleep disturbances, like having a hard time staying asleep or falling asleep. Do you have chronic sleep-associated problems? You may pointedly improve your ability to catch sleep at night by practicing a particular type of meditation, shown by a rigorous new study “JAMA International Medicine”.
Daytime sleepiness that follows after a long night of lack of sleep can render you lousy and sap your efficiency, and it may even cause harm to your health. Now, a smaller study also reveals that mindfulness meditation, a mind-calming practice focusing on present moment awareness and breathing, does help.
The findings work for all age groups and more especially adults older than 55, of whom more than half have sleeping disorders. This research, a published clinical trial in the JAMA International Medicine, employed 50 adults over the age of 50 with sleep problems and was made to follow one of two curriculums.
In one group, the grownups educated deeds that could help them ripen good sleeping conditions and hygiene, as the establishment of a bedtime routine and avoiding alcohol and caffeine before bed. The other training group undertook a mindfulness meditation training program for six weeks, the indulgent awareness of the feelings and thoughts wandering through one’s mind, led by a qualified instructor.
At the close of the yearlong training, those that trained on the mindfulness study had better and greater advancements in sleep quality and fewer insomnia symptoms, fatigue and depression than those chosen for standard care.
The chief author of the training, David S. Black, said that mindfulness meditation approach helped in curing and settling the arousal systems of the brain. And unlike the widely used sleep drugs, there are o potential side effects to the approach, said Dr. David S. Black, an assistant professor of preventive medicine at the Southern California University.
“Given the raised health concerns associated with older adults and the use of sleep aid medication,” he added, “mindfulness meditation is the safest medication and promotes a sensible health practice that improves the quality of sleep.”
In contemporary years, numerous apps have sprung up to help users get training on the mindfulness meditation technique and other meditation forms. But Dr. David S. Black noted that this study went a long and better way of the structured mindfulness course led by a qualified instructor.
Mindfulness meditation involves focusing on breathing and attracting the attention of the mind to the present without allowing it to drift into past or future concerns. It helps in breaking the everyday thoughts to evoke relaxation.
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