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Brief Stress Reduction Technique Improves Sleep, Reduces Fatigue

Brief Stress Reduction Technique Improves Sleep, Reduces Fatigue A new study presented at the American College of Chest Physicians’ annual meeting suggests that a simple stress reduction technique could help individuals relieve stress, improve sleep quality and decrease fatigue.

Researchers from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., investigated the benefit of the technique, called the 10-minute Tension Tamer, among 334 patients in a heart health program.

Participants received a 30-minute introduction on the program then were given instruction and guided opportunities to practice the technique over the course of four 30-minute visits with a stress management specialist.

The brief technique involves deep breathing and imagery using the subject’s personal preference. Instructors advised participants to perform the technique at bedtime.

Among the study participants, 65 percent improved their perceived stress by 6.6 points and reported better sleep quality, decreased sleep latency and decreased fatigue.

Those that did not improve showed stress levels that worsened by 4.6 points.

Source: American College of Chest Physicians

Brief Stress Reduction Technique Improves Sleep, Reduces Fatigue

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Brief Stress Reduction Technique Improves Sleep, Reduces Fatigue. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 19, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2012/10/23/brief-stress-reduction-technique-improves-sleep-reduces-fatigue/46500.html

 

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