Presenting the findings at the Australian Yoga Therapy conference in Melbourne this coming Saturday, Professor Cohen, who supervised the research and is Foundation Professor of Complementary Medicine at RMIT, said, "These findings support regular yoga practice as an effective, affordable and ultimately
safe form of exercise for older people in addressing insomnia".
The 12-week study formed the basis for PhD graduate Jonathan Halpern's research at RMIT, in which he investigated whether yoga could improve sleep and the quality of life of 74 people aged between 60 and 87.
"Insomnia is a debilitating problem that is one of the most frequent health complaints in the elderly – we wanted to explore this because insomnia impairs daily function, reduces quality of life and is a risk factor for other health issues for older people," Professor Cohen said.
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