Yoga for the Treatment of Sleep Disturbances in Multiple Sclerosis Patients
Objectives: To evaluate yoga as a non-pharmacologic treatment for sleep disturbance in patients with MS. To determine if yoga can improve mood and quality of life in patients with MS.
Methods: Thirty volunteer ambulatory MS patients will be randomized to the control (behavioral modification group) or experimental (yoga) group. The experimental group will participate in 8 weeks of a weekly, guided yoga program. At beginning, middle, and end of the study the Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS) and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale are used to assess fatigue and depression. Jawbone UP3 fitness bands as well as daily patient sleep logs will be utilized to track sleep quality. Participants in the control group will be treated with behavioral modification, via a weekly support group with structured topic.
Results: The primary hypothesis is that the yoga group will demonstrate greater improvement in sleep metrics than the behavioral modification group. Secondary hypotheses include the yoga group will improve fatigue, anxiety, and depression more than the control group.
Conclusions: To Be Published.