Mindfulness based stress reduction versus pharmacotherapy for chronic primary insomnia: a randomized controlled clinical trial.

Publication: Explore (New York, N.Y.)
Publication Date: 2011
Study Author(s): Gross, Cynthia R;Kreitzer, Mary Jo;Reilly-Spong, Maryanne;Wall, Melanie;Winbush, Nicole Y;Patterson, Robert;Mahowald, Mark;Cramer-Bornemann, Michel;
Institution: College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN; School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
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OBJECTIVE : The aim of this study was to investigate the potential of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) as a treatment for chronic primary insomnia.

DESIGN : A randomized controlled trial was conducted.

SETTING : The study was conducted at a university health center.

PATIENTS : Thirty adults with primary chronic insomnia based on criteria of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Text Revision, 4th Edition were randomized 2:1 to MBSR or pharmacotherapy (PCT).

INTERVENTIONS : Mindfulness-based stress reduction, a program of mindfulness meditation training consisting of eight weekly 2.5 hour classes and a daylong retreat, was provided, with ongoing home meditation practice expectations during three-month follow-up; PCT, consisting of three milligrams of eszopiclone (LUNESTA) nightly for eight weeks, followed by three months of use as needed. A 10-minute sleep hygiene presentation was included in both interventions.

MAIN OUTCOMES : The Insomnia Severity Index (ISI), Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI), sleep diaries, and wrist actigraphy were collected pretreatment, posttreatment (eight weeks), and at five months (self-reports only).

RESULTS : Between baseline and eight weeks, sleep onset latency (SOL) measured by actigraphy decreased 8.9 minutes in the MBSR arm (P < .05). Large, significant improvements were found on the ISI, PSQI, and diary-measured total sleep time, SOL, and sleep efficiency (P < .01, all) from baseline to five-month follow-up in the MBSR arm. Changes of comparable magnitude were found in the PCT arm. Twenty-seven of 30 patients completed their assigned treatment. This study provides initial evidence for the efficacy of MBSR as a viable treatment for chronic insomnia as measured by sleep diary, actigraphy, well-validated sleep scales, and measures of remission and clinical recovery.
PMID: 21397868

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