Treatment of PTSD by eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) improves sleep quality, quality of life, and perception of stress

Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2006 Jul;1071:508-13. doi: 10.1196/annals.1364.054.


The impact of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on the sleep of patients is widely reported. However, the parameters that can be altered are not the same for all patients. Some studies report an impairment of sleep maintenance and recurrent nightmares, while others failed to find such alterations. Among the many treatments, the eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapy used specifically to treat PTSD and general trauma. The purpose of this study was to examine whether EMDR treatment can improve PTSD symptoms, such as sleep, depression, anxiety, and poor quality of life.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Desensitization, Psychologic*
  • Eye Movements / physiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Polysomnography
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Quality of Life / psychology*
  • Sleep / physiology*
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / therapy*
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology*