Flow Meditation Found to Ease Sleep Problems in Fibromyalgia Patients, Study Reveals

Flow Meditation Found to Ease Sleep Problems in Fibromyalgia Patients, Study Reveals
Mindfulness-based intervention, also known as flow meditation, seems to be a promising natural therapy to alleviate sleep problems in patients with fibromyalgia, according to Spanish researchers. Their study, "Effects of Mindfulness Training on Sleep Problems in Patients With Fibromyalgia," was published in Frontiers in Psychology. Fibromyalgia is a complex condition characterized by widespread muscle pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, and memory and mood issues. Recent studies have shown that poor sleep quality, considered one of the hallmarks of the condition, is linked to decreased pain tolerance, anxiety, and depression in fibromyalgia patients. Current therapies for fibromyalgia often include anti-inflammatories, antidepressants and other types of medication to control pain. But poor sleep is one of the most common adverse side effects associated with antidepressants. Therefore, more effective therapeutic strategies for fibromyalgia should be those that combine pharmacotherapy with other nonpharmacological approaches, such as mindfulness, relaxation therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, physical exercise, and/or psycho-education. While previous studies have already shown that mindfulness improves sleep quality in several disorders, including fibromyalgia, until now most mindfulness intervention studies focused mainly on pain management and failed to address sleep problems. In this study, researchers set out to analyze the effects of a mindfulness-based intervention known as flow meditation on subjective insomnia, sleep quality, sleepine
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