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Transcendental Meditation reduces stress and anxiety, a main cause of insomnia

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18 September 2011

Psychiatrist James Krag,* M.D., answers questions on the role of the Transcendental Meditation technique in reducing insomnia.

Q: I tend to awaken in the middle of the night. Sometimes I'm feeling very agitated. Will practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique help me sleep through the night? 

Dr. Krag:
There are many reasons for insomnia, but the most frequent cause is anxiety and stress. Of course, it is possible that some practitioners of the Transcendental Meditation technique can occasionally have the problem of insomnia. However, since the TM technique helps reduce stress, most people with insomnia who learn the Transcendental Meditation program find that it becomes less and less of a problem.

Q: If I sit in a chair and close my eyes, I fall asleep immediately. What good would TM do me?

Dr. Krag:
This is simply an indication that you are in need of rest and likely have a ''sleep debt.'' The Transcendental Meditation technique provides a profound level of rest and over time it will assist you in ''paying off'' the ''sleep debt,'' leaving you feeling more clear and more energetic during the day.

Click here for more about Transcendental Meditation and insomnia, including related research showing reduced insomnia, less anxiety, reduced stress, and reduction in pain.

* James Krag, M.D., is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, president of the Psychiatric Society of Virginia, and former president of the Virginia Association of Community Psychiatrists for four years. He is currently Medical Director of Liberty Point, a residential treatment program for adolescents with psychiatric problems.

© Copyright 2011 American Association of Physicians Practicing the Transcendental Meditation Technique

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