NPR posted “Sleep Scientist Warns against Walking through Life ‘In An Underslept State’” on 10-16-17. This article, which is a summary of a fresh air interview with sleep scientist Matthew Walker is an excellent and concise summary of the current science behind getting adequate and healthy sleep. Dr. Walker provided seven recommendations for behaviors that will help with sleep.
“Yoga, meditation improve brain function and energy levels, study shows” was posted by ScienceDaily.com on 9-6-17. This article reports on research comparing Hatha yoga, mindfulness meditation, and a control activity. Each activity was done for “just” 25 minutes, and the results found significant benefits from both the treatment interventions, with more benefit from the Hatha yoga.
QuietKit.com provides “guided meditations for beginners,” ranging from 2 minutes to 10 minutes long. mhconcierge.com has listened to many guided meditations, both online and using smartphone apps, and has found most of them to be, frankly, not that great – the voice may sound unprofessional and self-conscious, the timing may not be smooth, there may be a hiss in the background, and so on. The QuiteKit meditations are much better – the voice sounds professional and relaxed, the pacing is good, and the quality of the recording is excellent, with no distractions.
One topic that is an ongoing interest for MHConcierge is the potential benefits of integrating mindfulness, including meditation and yoga training, with mental health services. Study shows how slow breathing induces tranquility is part of a trend of research in this area.
MHConcierge has an ongoing interest in emerging research about the mental health benefits of things like yoga, exercise, and healthy nutrition – all potential resources to recommend to our patients/clients to try between their appointments. “Twice weekly yoga classes plus home practice effective in reducing symptoms of depression,” from PsyPost.org, posted 3-6-17.