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On ‘World Sleep Day’, Study Brings Cheer To Chronic Insomniacs


  • Amidst threat of Cornoavirus there's one less thing to fear – Lack Of Sleep : Study concludes that Heartfulness Meditation practice improves sleep quality even in conditions of chronic insomnia and should facilitate the decrease and eventual cessation of sedative hypnotics in patients affected by chronic insomnia.
    Sleep plays a big role in maintaining our vitality and wellbeing. But unfortunately, a substantial proportion of the population struggle to get an honest night’s sleep. Poor sleep for a minimum of three nights every week for over a month, despite adequate circumstances to sleep could also be called chronic insomnia. Poor sleep has been related to mood disturbances, irritability and inability to focus, increased road traffic accidents, elevated vital sign , heart attacks, DM and strokes. there's also a big association with depression and anxiety. While situational stresses can cause transient sleep problems or insomnia, sometimes there could also be a progression to chronic insomnia. it's going to not be an exaggeration to mention that there's no aspect of human wellbeing that's not positively influenced by an honest sleep.

    Heartfulness Meditation, a spiritual and wellness practice, improves sleep quality of sleep in patients affected by chronic insomnia - as per findings of a study launched to coincide with the planet Sleep Day. 13th of March is marked as World Sleep Day. Interestingly, the study was conducted in an office setting.

    Kamlesh Patel affectionately called as Daaji, the guide of Heartfulness said, “How well we sleep and the way deeply we sleep determines our state of mind throughout the day. Disciplining our sleep cycle changes our life. Increasing number on sleep studies are all pointing to far reaching benefits of sleep on physical, mental, emotional and recently on spiritual wellbeing of an individual . Adequate and appropriate sleep ensures rounded development of a private and meditation is proving to be an enabler of sleep even for chronic conditions. ”

    A recent study published within the Journal of Community Hospital general medicine Perspectives evaluated the consequences of Heartfulness Meditation on chronic insomnia. The study was authored by Jayaram Thimmapuram, Deborah Yommer, Luminita Tudor, Theodore Bell, Cristian Dumitrescu and Robert Davis of Wellspan York Hospital, York, Pennyslyvania, USA.

    The study was conducted to research the effectiveness of Heartfulness Meditation including sleep hygiene to treat chronic insomnia. Chronic insomnia reflects a big difficulty to either nod off or maintain sleep. most frequently these problems continue for a minimum of a month and sometimes last for several years. The results showed statistical improvements within the measures of Insomnia Severity Index (ISI) in Heartfulness meditators. It showed that Heartfulness meditation may facilitate the decrease and eventual cessation of sedative hypnotics in patients affected by chronic insomnia.

    Heartfulness Meditation offered by the Heartfulness Institute may be a simple, easy to implement, heart-based meditation practice aimed toward achieving a state of inner balance.

    The study was conducted over two year period with 45 patients enrolled. Of them, 32 patients (71%) completed the whole eight weeks of the Heartfulness Meditation programme.

    The results of the study demonstrated improvements in measures of ISI in those participating during a structured Heartfulness Meditation programme along side sleep hygiene. The mean insomnia severity scores decreased by quite half from 20.7 to 10.4.



    Figure: Eight weeks of Heartfulness Practice

    This is the primary study on insomnia using Heartfulness Meditation in an office setting. The meditation programme utilized in the study demonstrates the potential to enhance sleep and wean off hypnotic pharmacotherapy agents in chronic insomnia. Twenty-four participants were on pharmacotherapy for sleep. At the top of the study eighteen of them (75%) were ready to come off of them and another 3 (12.5%) were ready to reduce the dose. As there are significant side effects that come along side the utilization of pharmacotherapy for sleep, it's important to explore ways to get an honest night’s sleep.

    The Heartfulness practice during this study involved half-hour of weekly guided meditation sessions along side a daily home practice of up to 40 minutes. The evening practice of rejuvenation that helps in clearing from the daily impressions of stresses and strains is exclusive to the practice of Heartfulness.The study also found that Heartfulness Meditation are often easily incorporated into the patient’s lifestyle, is cost-effective, and requires no special equipment.

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