TAI CHI & QIGONG FOR PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Encouraging Restful Sleep
Recent studies have shown that regular Tai Chi and Qigong practice (TCQ) can help with motor and non-motor issues relating to sleep and Parkinson's Disease (PD). These issues include insomnia, sleep disturbance, and the ability to roll over and get out of bed.
What this means is that there is good scientific evidence that doing qigong can have a positive impact on your sleep.
In classes and workshops, Kele teaches easy-to-do Tai Chi & Qigong movements, breath practices and mindfulness practices that you can do at home to encourage restful sleep.
About Sleep & PD
According to the 2010 study Sleep Disturbances in Parkinson’s Disease (Dr. Matthew Menza, et.al., Rutgers University, NJ, USA, published in Movement Disorders):
Sleep disturbances affect up to 88% of people living with PD. Non-motor aspects of PD, such as sleep disturbance and depression, are common and significantly affect the day-to-day quality of life. Better support for these aspects could produce an important reduction in suffering.
For People Living with PD, Sleep May Be Affected By:
Reduced sleep also affects stress levels, with both psychological and biochemical ramifications.
PD Sleep-Related Challenges
Some Suggestions to Encourage Restful Sleep
To encourage restful sleep, it is recommended to cultivate the feeling of being calm and safe, and to do this through having a regular routine. TCQ practice “ticks the boxes” for all of these suggestions:
Leave Time to Unwind & Relax Before Going to Bed
Go to Bed Only When Sleepy
Have a Regular Daytime Routine
If You Wake Up During the Night
How regular TCQ practice may benefit your sleep...
Some reported general benefits of regular TCQ practice...
Review of one of Kele's Tai Chi & Qigong Classes
"On Thursday 21st December (2017), we had our Xmas party, and I think I can say, without fear of contradiction, that everyone had a marvellous time. We started off with a Tai Chi/Qigong session, led by Kele Baker,
on Encouraging Restful Sleep. We began, as usual, with a warm up, and Kele encouraged us to imagine our body stiffness gradually melting, like ice melting into water. We then turned our attention to the movements, and, finally we did the whole sequence to music. Kele had chosen Silent Night, which matched the movements perfectly. It was wonderful to see so many people participating (almost the whole room was involved), and to see everyone moving and flowing so smoothly and gracefully. There was also a great feeling of calmness in the room. Thank you, Kele, for all your hard work and for making these sessions so enjoyable. The committee chairman will distribute Kele's links and documents pertaining to Encouraging Restful Sleep Sequence so that you can try it at home."
(from Parkinson's UK, Kensington & Chelsea Support Group newsletter)
Selected Research Articles
- Effect of health Baduanjin Qigong for mild to moderate Parkinson’s disease - Chun-Mei Xiao et.al. - Geriatr Gerontol Int 2016; 16: 911–919
- Mindfulness based intervention in Parkinson’s disease leads to structural brain changes on MRI: A randomized controlled longitudinal trial - Pickut et.al. - Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery 115 (2013) 2419–2425
- Qigong exercise may improve sleep quality and gait performance in Parkinson’s disease: a pilot study - Wassom et.al. - International Journal of Neuroscience, 2015; 125(8): 578–584
- Sleep Disturbances in Parkinson’s Disease - Menza et.al. - Mov Disord. 2010 ; 25(Suppl 1): S117–S122. doi:10.1002/mds.22788.
- The Treatment of Sleep Disorders in Parkinson’s Disease: From Research to Clinical Practice - Loddo et.al. - Frontiers in Neurology (16 February 2017) doi: 10.3389/fneur.2017.00042
Some Online Resources...
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