Sleep difficulties have become especially prevalent in the United State, where numerous people endure hectic schedules that don’t leave a lot of room for rest. In fact, the federal government estimates that about 60 million American adults suffer from some type of sleep disorder. To sleep better, some people will give anything a try, including acupuncture, sleep masks, medications and more. Recently, a group of researchers sought to test the efficacy of yoga as a potential sleep aid. Unfortunately, their findings don’t necessarily provide much assistance to people who owe their sleeping problems to a sleep disorder.
Looking at Past Studies
To evaluate yoga as a potential remedy for all sorts of psychiatric disorders, a research team looked at several older studies which tested the holistic therapy to see if it might relieve everything from schizophrenia to depression to insomnia. After pouring over decades’ worth of research, the team ultimately labeled yoga as an attractive potential treatment, due to its safety and cost-effectiveness. In the end, however, although they did find some limited studies which appeared to show that yoga offered some benefit to people who had sleeping problems; none of these past results had been successfully replicated.
Does it Even Matter?
Numerous Americans enjoy yoga, because they believe it promotes good feelings which encourage better mental health. If you suffer from general insomnia, this benefit may make yoga a suitable option that could help you sleep. If, on the other hand, you suffer from sleep apnea, you’ll have to look further for help.
Since it results in breathing problems, sleep apnea promotes maintenance insomnia, which is defined as recurring and frequent waking without the ability to quickly fall back to sleep. Since they do nothing to alleviate these breathing difficulties, medications and holistic therapies such as yoga prove useless to sleep apneics.
Contrarily, since sleep appliances provide a clear airway by adjusting the jaw, they offer effective, long-term relief from sleep apnea. To learn more, contact Dr. Siegel's office today.
Related article: http://www.frontiersin.org/Affective_Disorders_and_Psychosomatic_Research/10.3389/fpsyt.2012.00117/abstract