When it comes to improving insomnia, regular sessions of tai chi work just as well as conventional exercise, according to a recent study.
By Wendy Haaf
In the randomized clinical trial, 320 adults (aged 60 or over) with chronic insomnia were assigned either to a control group, continuing to receive their prexisting care, or to one of two 12-week treatment regimens delivered in one-hour, thrice-weekly sessions: a brisk walking-and-muscle-strengthening program or Yang-style 24-form tai chi training. By the 12-week mark, not only did both treatment groups see improvements on several measures of sleep duration and quality compared with the control group, and not only were these improvements similar in both groups, but the positive changes were still evident two years later.
Source: JAMA Network Open