Sleep Health and Yoga Team Up for Better Sleep in Low-Income Communities

M.A., Health Writer

Many people suffer from poor sleep, especially people in low-income communities. New research presented at the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC (APSS) says that effectively delivering sleep health education and yoga interventions in these populations improved both sleep quality and daytime functioning.

Racially and ethnically diverse adults who reported sleeping less than six hours a night participated in a pilot study. They underwent a group sleep health education session, a telephone coaching session and four weekly yoga classes, said Christine Spadola, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow at both Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, in a prepared statement. Study participants responded to assessments before and after the intervention, saying that sleep education was helpful and that yoga relaxed them.

She was pleased with the willingness of participants to learn about sleep hygiene and to practice yoga. More important, the quantified "large improvements in self-reported sleep quality and daytime functioning" are promising in terms of future applications for under-served populations.

Sourced from: the online supplement of SLEEP