Using Yoga Nidra to Improve Stress in Psychiatric Nurses in a Pilot Study

J Altern Complement Med. 2017 Jun;23(6):494-495. doi: 10.1089/acm.2017.0046. Epub 2017 May 22.


Given today's hurried and stressful heathcare system, nurses need mechanisms to take care of themselves, promote their own wellness, and build resilience in managing sick patients. Yoga is one such mechanism; it can decrease anxiety and improve sleep and quality of life. In this pilot study, nine nurses participated in 6 weekly sessions of yoga nidra. Measures of sleep, stress, and muscle fatigue were obtained to determine whether yoga had a positive impact upon quality of life and stress. Although based on a small sample of nurses, results indicated positive findings for both perceived stress level and muscle fatigue. This pilot study demonstrated the potential benefit of yoga in stress reduction, muscle tension, and self-care in nurses.

Keywords: nursing; stress; yoga.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Nurses*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Psychiatric Nursing
  • Stress, Psychological / therapy*
  • Yoga*
  • Young Adult