Impact of Yoga on sleep, lower back pain – Study reveals


As per a new study, yoga and physical therapy (PT) are effective approaches to treating erratic sleep cycles as well as reducing back pains. It also reduces the need to meditate. The findings of this new study was published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine in Boston University, United States. It showed significant improvements in sleep quality lasting 52 weeks after 12 weeks of yoga classes or also after 1-on-1 PT.

Also, participants also reported ease in pain after six weeks of treatment. They also said that there was three and a half times more chances of grabbing a good sleep after the full, 12-week treatment. This highlights that pain and sleep are indeed closely related.

“Identifying holistic ways to treat these conditions could help decrease the reliance on these medications as well as keep patients safer and more comfortable,” said study lead researcher Eric Roseen.

The report also says that sleep disturbance and insomnia are common among people who have chronic low back pain (cLBP). There has been previous research which shows that 59 per cent of people with cLBP do find poor sleep quality and around 53 per cent encounter insomnia disorder.

Also, if medication is taken for both sleep and back pain, it can also have detrimental  impact and also risk of opioid-related overdose and death increases with use of sleep medications. As per the current study, the controlled trial was conducted on 320 adults with cLBP.

When the study started, over 90 per cent of participants with cLBP did suffer from poor sleep. Also, the participants were assigned one of three different therapies for cLBP: Weekly yoga, physical therapy or reading educational materials. The results were then compared over a 12-week intervention period and after 1 year of follow-up.

“The high prevalence of sleep problems in adults with chronic low back pain can have detrimental effects on a person’s overall health and well-being,” said Roseen.

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