The effects of mindfulness
and relaxation training for insomnia (MRTI) on postmenopausal women: a pilot study.
Menopause. 2018 May 21;:
Authors: Garcia MC, Kozasa EH, Tufik S, Mello LEAM, Hachul H
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to evaluate the effects of mindfulness
and relaxation training for insomnia on insomnia and quality of life in postmenopausal women.
METHODS: Thirty postmenopausal women aged 50 to 65 years, who were not using hormone therapy, and had a diagnosis of insomnia and an apnea-hypopnea index of less than 15, were randomly assigned to two groups: a mindfulness intervention group and a control group. They were assessed before the intervention, and 8 weeks after its completion using questionnaires assessing sleep quality (Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index), insomnia (Insomnia Severity Index), quality of life in menopause (Menopause-Specific Quality of Life), menopausal symptoms (Kupperman Menopausal Index), and level of attention (Mindfulness Awareness Attention Scale). They were also assessed through ambulatory polysomnography. This is a pilot study and is limited by its small sample size.
RESULTS: The results of the questionnaires showed significant differences in the group that received mindfulness training
compared with the control group, namely, improvements in sleep quality, a reduction in the severity of insomnia, a better quality of life, improved attention levels, and a reduction in menopausal and vasomotor symptoms. Polysomnography results showed no differences between the groups.
CONCLUSIONS: Eight weeks mindfulness meditation
training improved sleep quality, quality of life, attention levels, and reduced vasomotor symptoms in postmenopausal women with insomnia.
PMID: 29787483 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]