Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Imagery Rehearsal Therapy Improves Sleep In Insomniacs

Date:
June 14, 2007
Source:
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Summary:
Imagery rehearsal therapy has been shown to subjectively improve their ability to get a good night's sleep.

In a study that insomniacs may find welcoming, imagery rehearsal therapy (IRT) has been shown to subjectively improve their ability to get a good night's sleep, according to new research.

The study, conducted by Yara Molen of Federal University of São Paulo, was focused on 24 chronic insomnia patients, each of whom was divided into one of two groups: experimental or control. The subjects participated in a two-hour meeting over a five-week period on sleep education: hygiene, beliefs and attitudes, and worries. The experimental group received instructions for practicing IRT before sleep, with an audio CD for relaxing and releasing worries, and the control group for reading before sleep, for three weeks.

The results showed that the severity of insomnia in the experimental group diminished, while their beliefs and attitudes about sleep, as well as sleep quality, improved. In the control group, the severity of insomnia also diminished, as well as general worries.

"Imagery rehearsal therapy was associated with subjective improvement in insomnia severity, sleep quality, sleep disturbance and functional beliefs and attitudes about sleep," said Molen. "Although general worries improved only in the control group, worries about sleep improved in both groups."

Insomnia is a classification of sleep disorders in which a person has trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or waking up too early. These disorders may also be defined by an overall poor quality of sleep. Insomnia is a common sleep disorder. About 30 percent of adults have insomnia. It is more common among elderly people and women. Some medical conditions cause insomnia, or it may be a side effect of a medication.

The amount of sleep a person gets affects his or her physical health, emotional well-being, mental abilities, productivity and performance. Recent studies associate lack of sleep with serious health problems such as an increased risk of depression, obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

An abstract of this research was presented June 13 at SLEEP 2007, the 21st Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS).


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

American Academy of Sleep Medicine. "Imagery Rehearsal Therapy Improves Sleep In Insomniacs." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 14 June 2007. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/06/070613071144.htm>.
American Academy of Sleep Medicine. (2007, June 14). Imagery Rehearsal Therapy Improves Sleep In Insomniacs. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 27, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/06/070613071144.htm
American Academy of Sleep Medicine. "Imagery Rehearsal Therapy Improves Sleep In Insomniacs." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/06/070613071144.htm (accessed August 27, 2014).

Share This




More Mind & Brain News

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Have You Ever Been 'Sleep Drunk?' 1 in 7 Has

Have You Ever Been 'Sleep Drunk?' 1 in 7 Has

Newsy (Aug. 26, 2014) — A study published in the journal "Neurology" interviewed more than 19,000 people and found 15 percent suffer from being "sleep drunk." Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Does Medical Marijuana Reduce Painkiller Overdose Deaths?

Does Medical Marijuana Reduce Painkiller Overdose Deaths?

Newsy (Aug. 26, 2014) — A new study found fewer deaths from prescription drug overdoses in states that have legalized medical marijuana. But experts disagree on the results. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Heart Group: E-Cigarettes May Help Smokers Quit

Heart Group: E-Cigarettes May Help Smokers Quit

AP (Aug. 25, 2014) — The American Heart Association's first policy statement on electronic cigarettes backs them as a last resort to help smokers quit and calls for more regulation to keep them away from youth. (Aug. 25) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Doctors Push For Later Start Times As School Year Kicks Off

Doctors Push For Later Start Times As School Year Kicks Off

Newsy (Aug. 25, 2014) — The American Academy of Pediatrics is the latest group pushing for middle schools and high schools to start later, for the sake of their kids. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
 
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:  

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

    Environment News

    Technology News



    Save/Print:
    Share:  

    Free Subscriptions


    Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

    Get Social & Mobile


    Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

    Have Feedback?


    Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
    Mobile iPhone Android Web
    Follow Facebook Twitter Google+
    Subscribe RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
    Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins