Tai chi found to improve sleep in older adults

Sep 30 2010

Tai chi found to improve sleep in older adults
Tai chi found to improve sleep in older adults
For many Americans, getting a good night's sleep can be a challenge. Tossing and turning throughout the night can leave an individual feeling drained during the day and can be the cause of a number of physical maladies. MyOptimumHealth.com reports that new studies have shown that tai chi may be able to help those finding it difficult to sleep.

According to the news source, the study focused on 112 people between the ages of 59 and 85 who were enrolled in a 25-week tai chi class. Researchers found that around two-thirds of those who participated in the class experienced better sleep. Another similar study on 118 individuals yielded similar results, as those who participated in a 24-week tai chi regimen went to sleep easier and experienced less disturbances.

Experts say that the exercise may help people fall asleep faster and more soundly due to the fact that it emphasizes relaxation as well as exercise.

Those who may be looking for a way to increase their relaxation and improve their sleep may want to consider hanging blackout shades. These window treatments can effectively block out any sunlight that may enter a room, which can provide a calming sleep environment.
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