Self-administered acupressure can improve insomnia

Researchers from Hong Kong suggest self?administering acupressure as a low?cost alternative treatment for insomnia. In their study, published in the Journal of Sleep Research, they assessed the short?term effects of self?administered acupressure in alleviating insomnia.

  • The researchers recruited 31 people with insomnia for the randomized controlled trial.
  • The participants received two lessons on either self-administered acupressure or sleep hygiene education.
  • Participants in the self-administered acupressure group learned to practice self-administered acupressure every day for four weeks.
  • Participants in the comparison group were advised to follow sleep hygiene education.
  • The researchers then measured the effects of the interventions on insomnia.
  • The results showed that participants in the self-administered acupressure group had a significantly lower Insomnia Severity Index (ISI) score compared to those in the sleep hygiene education group during the eighth week.
  • Moreover, participants in the self-administered acupressure group continue to practice acupressure even after completing the lessons.

The team concluded that self?administered acupressure taught in a short training course may potentially be used to improve insomnia.

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Journal Reference:

Yeung WF, Ho FY, Chung KF, Zhang ZJ, Yu BY, Suen LK, … Lao LX. SELF-ADMINISTERED ACUPRESSURE FOR INSOMNIA DISORDER: A PILOT RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL. Journal of Sleep Research. 2018 April; 27(2): 220-231. DOI: 10.1111/jsr.12597

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