Meditation and Yoga Can Help Cancer Patients Sleep

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CALGARY – A Calgary study involving patients from the Tom Baker Cancer Centre has found meditation and yoga can help people struggling with cancer-related insomnia.

Yoga for Cancer Patients -- Kula for Karma

Research published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology involved 111 cancer patients struggling with sleep disturbances.

Half of the group was treated using cognitive behavioral therapy and the other half was treated using a combination of mindful meditation, gentle yoga and mood managing techniques.

“We looked at before and after the two-month treatment and three months later,” explains study co-author Dr. Linda Carlson. “What we found, was that right after the treatment the cognitive therapy was better for improving some of the sleep duration and sleep efficiency. But three months later, the mindfulness had caught up and help helped people improve their insomnia.”

Carlson says the research provides a second treatment option for cancer patients.

An estimated 59% of cancer patients experience sleep problems during and after cancer treatment.

Impact of Long Term Yoga Practice on Sleep Quality and Quality of Life in the Elderly

Bankar MA1, Chaudhari SK, Chaudhari KD.

BACKGROUND:

Sleep disturbances and decline in the physical functionality are common conditions associated with aging. Pharmacological treatment of sleep disturbances can be associated with various adverse effects. Short term trials of Yoga on sleep have shown beneficial effects.

OBJECTIVES:

To evaluate the effect of long-term Yoga exercises on sleep quality and quality of life (QOL) in the elderly.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

This was a cross-sectional study in which data were collected from elderly people aged 60 years or more living in Nagpur city. We employed two types of survey questionnaires: Pittsburgh sleep quality index (PSQI) and QOL Leiden-Padua (LEIPAD) Questionnaire. A total of 65 elderly men and women who signed an informed consent and completed questionnaires were included in the study. Sleep quality score PSQI and QOL (LEIPAD Questionnaire) score of the study group were evaluated and compared with the control group using Mann-Whitney U test.

RESULTS:

Total PSQI score in Yoga group was lower than that of the control group. Also various QOL scores of the Yoga groups were higher than the control group.

CONCLUSION:

Addition of regular Yoga exercises in the daily routine of elderly people can help to achieve good sleep quality as well as improve the QOL.