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Sleep Better After a Little Meditation?

Posted: June 10, 2009

New research shows meditation helps insomniacs sleep better, indicating the stress-relieving strategy's usefulness in treating sleep-related issues.

If you're tossing and turning and having trouble getting a good night's sleep, you may want to consider meditation, researchers suggest. People with primary insomnia reported that they slept better after trying meditation, according to a new study to be presented June 9 at SLEEP, the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, in Seattle.

In the study, researchers divided 11 participants aged 25 to 45 with chronic primary insomnia into two groups. One group participated in Kriya Yoga, a form of meditation that helps an individual focus internalized attention and can reduce arousal, as well as health education. The other group received information about improving health through exercise, nutrition, weight loss and stress management but did not participate in meditation.