Mindfulness-Based Strategies for Improving Sleep in People with Psychiatric Disorders

Allie L. Peters, William J. Saunders, Melinda L. Jackson

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Abstract

Purpose of the Review: To review the recent literature on mindfulness-based strategies for improving self-report and objective measures of sleep, in individuals with psychiatric disorders. Recent Findings: Currently, research provides some support for the use of mindfulness-based interventions to improve sleep amongst individuals with psychiatric comorbidities. The strongest evidence was for the use of standardized programs, particularly for improving sleep in anxiety and depressive disorders. There is a paucity of well-controlled studies using validated subjective or objective measures of sleep. As these interventions were not specifically designed to target sleep, observed improvements may be an indirect consequence of reduced psychiatric symptoms. Summary: There is insufficient research into the application of mindfulness-based strategies to improve sleep or treat sleep disorders in people with psychiatric disorders. Well-controlled studies using standardized, mindfulness-based interventions developed to target sleep, such as mindfulness-based therapy for insomnia, may optimize the potential benefits of mindfulness for sleep in psychiatric populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)645–660
Number of pages16
JournalCurrent Psychiatry Reports
Volume24
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Meditation
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Treatment

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