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Vibratory and Auditory Stimulation Improves Sleep Quality for Patients with Insomnia

February 29, 2020

Vibratory and auditory stimulation can directly improve sleep amount and quality in insomnia patients, as found in a new study performed by the Department of Integrative Medicine and Nutritional Sciences, as well as the Departments of Neurology and Radiology, at Thomas Jefferson University. The study evaluated 30 participants who were placed into two groups - those in the first group were given an auditory stimulation program, lasting approximately 60 minutes that they used each night as they went to sleep - whereas those in the second group received only their standard-of-care treatment. In addition, the active group came into the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health twice a week to receive a combination of vibratory and auditory stimulation for 24 minutes using a specially designed chair that merges the two stimuli.

Using fMRI scans, researchers saw that the active group had significant changes in functional connectivity in the sensory and auditory receptive areas of the brain - showing how the stimulation seemed to be having its effect. “The study shows how the intervention has a direct effect on vibratory and auditory processing areas of the brain, as well as on important cognitive areas that are impaired when people don’t get enough sleep," says senior author on the paper Daniel Monti, MD, Chairman of the Department of Integrative Medicine and Nutritional Sciences and Director of the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health at Thomas Jefferson University.

The results of the study were detailed in Sleep Disorders and the full press release is available on Jefferson.edu.

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