The Efficacy of Acupressure on Sleep Quality in Menopausal Women
|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01904578|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 22, 2013
Last Update Posted : July 23, 2013
Mashhad University of Medical Sciences
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Zahra Abedian, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences
Sleep disorder is a common problem in menopausal women and the decrease in the sleep leads to poor daily activity. Traditional Chinese acupressure is a noninvasive, effective and safe technique that can be easily taught to menopausal women so that they apply it as a self-care method and a manager of sleep disruption. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness of acupressure on sleep quality of postmenopausal women.This double blind randomized clinical trial was performed on 120 qualified menopausal women at the age of 41-65 years; and sleep quality was measured with Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI ).Participants were randomly assigned to an acupressure group, a sham acupressure group and a control group by two time randomized method (systematic and simple randomized). These interventions were carried out for 4 consecutive weeks. Participants in acupressure group and sham acupressure group learned to carry out acupressure technique as a self care at home with the simultaneous massage techniques that were to be performed 2 hours before sleep, whereas only conversation was used in the control group. The statistical software package for social science (SPSS) Version 17 was used for data analysis.
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Poor Quality Sleep||Other: true accupressure Other: sham acupressure||Phase 2 Phase 3|
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||120 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Masking:||Double (Participant, Investigator)|
|Official Title:||The Effect of Acupressure on Sleep Quality in Menopausal Women|
|Study Start Date :||February 2010|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||February 2011|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||February 2011|
Experimental: true acupressure
Massage the effective pressure points as a self-care method at home [ Four acupoints were chosen for subjects in the acupressure group. They were Shenmen on the wrist crease, Sanyinjiao point (SP6) on both feet, Fengchi on the hairline of the back neck (occipital area)and Yintang, at the top of the nose on the centre line between the ends of the eyebrows] for 10 minutes. It was done 1 to 2 hours before sleeping, each night (except Fridays) by circular massage with a 1 Cm circle diameter.
Other: true accupressure
Four acupoints were chosen for subjects in the acupressure group. They were Shenmen on the wrist crease, Sanyinjiao point (SP6) on both feet, Fengchi on the hairline of the back neck (occipital area)and Yintang, at the top of the nose on the center line between the ends of the eyebrows.
Sham Comparator: sham acupressure
Massage the sham pressure points as a self-care method at home for 10 minutes. It was done 1 to 2 hours before sleeping, each night (except Fridays) by circular massage with a 1 Cm circle diameter.
Other: sham acupressure
Non-acupoints, which were 1 to 3 traditional Chinese unit of length (CUN) away from true acupoints, were used in sham acupressure group.These points were out of the route of energy
No Intervention: control
The control group only received the weekly control of blood pressure and speech communication .
Primary Outcome Measures :
- treatment of quality of sleep [ Time Frame: 4 consecutive weeks ]treatment of quality of sleep by acupressure.sleep quality was measured with Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI ).
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