Changes in vigilance, self rated sleep and state anxiety in military personnel in India following yoga

BMC Res Notes. 2018 Jul 28;11(1):518. doi: 10.1186/s13104-018-3624-y.


Objectives: To study the effects of 9 days of yoga on self-rated sleep, state anxiety and performance in a vigilance test among border security force (BSF) personnel. Seven hundred and twenty-two BSF personnel took part in the trial. They were all males, with an average age of 30.9 ± 7.4 years. All of them were involved in guarding the country's border. They were deputed for 9 days residential training in yoga. Before and after training they were assessed for self-rated sleep, state anxiety and vigilance.

Results: The results suggest the benefits of yoga in BSF personnel. The BSF personnel showed a significant increase in scores in the vigilance test, a decrease in state anxiety, and improved self-rated sleep.

Keywords: Insomnia; Military personnel; Vigilance; Yoga.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anxiety
  • Humans
  • India
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Military Personnel / psychology*
  • Self Report
  • Sleep*
  • Yoga*
  • Young Adult