STUDY: Mindfulness Meditation May Help Treat Troubled Sleep
A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that mindfulness meditation practice may help older people who have trouble sleeping. Researchers at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles examined 49 people who were at least 55 years old and suffered from moderately disturbed sleep. They split the participants into two groups, one underwent six weekly two-hour sessions of a course in Mindfulness Awareness Practices for daily living, and the other attended six weeks of a sleep hygiene and education course. The group that learned mindfulness meditation practices improved at a higher rate than the sleep hygiene group. David Black, the study’s lead author, stated that individuals are more likely to benefit from a meditation course with an experienced teacher.