Efficacy of the Mantram Repetition Program for Insomnia in Veterans With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Naturalistic Study

ANS Adv Nurs Sci. Apr/Jun 2017;40(2):E1-E12. doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000144.

Abstract

Statistics show that more than 80% of Veterans mention posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)-related symptoms when seeking treatment. Sleep disturbances and nightmares are among the top 3 presenting problems. Current PTSD trauma-focused therapies generally do not improve sleep disturbances. The mantram repetition program (MRP), a mind-body-spiritual intervention, teaches a portable set of cognitive-spiritual skills for symptom management. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of the MRP on insomnia in Veterans with PTSD in a naturalistic, clinical setting. Results show that participation in the MRP significantly reduced insomnia, as well as decreased self-reported and clinician-assessed PTSD symptom burden.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Behavior Therapy / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mind-Body Therapies / methods*
  • Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders / etiology*
  • Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders / therapy*
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / complications*
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / rehabilitation
  • United States
  • Veterans / psychology*
  • Veterans / statistics & numerical data*