Insomnia Research

Taiji improves sleep

In this study of 118 people over 60 with moderate sleep complaints, one group did taiji while the other did conventional low-impact exercises, deep breathing and relaxation exercises. Both were done one hour three times a week for 24 weeks. The taiji group saw an average increase of 48 minutes of sleep per night, and reduced the amount of time to fall asleep by 18 minutes. The control group saw no significant improvement in these areas. The taiji group also showed improvement in sleep quality and daytime functioning, neither of which were evidenced in the control group. (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 52: 892-900, 2004)