Acupressure Improves Sleep Quality Of Psychogeriatric Inpatients

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In this study titled “Acupressure Improves Sleep Quality of Psychogeriatric Inpatients” the researchers were testing how effective acupressure would be on sleep quality. They tested this in both subjectively and objectively. The test population was psychogeriatric patients who had affective disorders, such as depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder (CITE). Acupressure is a Chinese Medicine intervention (CITE) used for the treatment of many symptoms such as fatigue and dyspnea (CITE ARTICLE 2). Acupressure is done by applying pressure on specific points of the body which is thought to “stimulate relaxation and restore energy” in the body (CITE). The exact method in which acupressure accomplishes this is still unknown, but it has shown to decrease sympathetic activity such as decreased heart rate and reduced nausea, pain, and anxiety. Previous studies have shown that elderly individuals living in a long-term care facility, who had mental disorders, also suffered from sleep problems. The three aspects of sleep they had the most difficulty with were “increase sleep latency, decreased sleep efficacy, and decreased total sleeping hours” (CITE). In another research study, acupressure was shown to increase quality of sleep in elderly individuals suffering from end-stage renal disease (CITE). The researchers of this study wants to test the hypothesis that acupressure, done on elderly individuals with affective disorders who also suffering from sleep

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