Meditation training as a treatment for insomnia

Robert Woolfolk, Lucille Carr-Kaffashan, Terrence F. McNulty, Paul M. Lehrer

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A set of attention-focusing techniques derived from methods of meditation was compared with progressive relaxation and a waiting list as treatments for insomnia. Analysis of data from 24 insomniacs recruited from the community showed both meditation and progressive relaxation to be superior to no treatment in reducing latency of sleep onset. These treatments did not differ in effectiveness. At 6 months follow-up, both the meditation and progressive relaxation groups showed significant improvement over pretreatment levels on latency of sleep onset, while pretreatment and follow-up means for the control group did not differ.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)359-365
Number of pages7
JournalBehavior Therapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1976

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology

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