In The News: Mindfulness Meditation May Help Older People With Sleepless Nights.

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Meditation refers to a broad variety of practices that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy, develop compassion, love, patience, generosity and forgiveness.

A particularly ambitious form of meditation aims at effortlessly sustained single-pointed concentration meant to enable its practitioner to enjoy an indestructible sense of well-being while engaging in any life activity.

When you’re having trouble sleeping, most doctors will recommend changing your habits to better set the tone for bed.

In a sleep study, published this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Internal Medicine, scientists used 49 people in Los Angeles, 55 and older who had expressed moderate sleep complaints.

They were split into two groups, one of which was taught to meditate and the other given behavioral sleep education. The meditators slept better and had better results in related issues such as depression, based on results of a standard measure of sleep quality.

But the researchers said more work was needed to determine whether meditation is a long-term solution to sleep problems. Sleep problems, the study noted, are common among older people, and those complaints often go untreated.

While the research looked at education compared to meditation, the team points out that the two groups aren’t mutually exclusive. They’d like to repeat the research to see how combining these two approaches might help older adults, a population well known to have frequent sleep problems.
Source: LA Times

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