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Improving sleep quality of professionals through yan xin qigong practice

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Xin Yan, MD, New Medicine Science Research Institute, New York, NY
Hua Shen, New Medical Science Research Institute, New York, NY
Yuhong Yang, PhD, School of Statistics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Hsiaowen Huang, MS, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA
Jianyuan Wang, PhD, Statistical Consulting & Solutions, LLC, Chestnut Hill, MA
Shuyi Hua, MS, CenturyLink, Superior, CO
Saling Huang, PhD, Abgenix Inc, Fremont, CA
Peihua Ni, MS, New England Traditional Chinese Medical & Health Culture Study Institute, Avon, CT
Jun Wang, PhD, New Medical Science Research Institute, New York, NY
Chunling Lu, PhD, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Background Qigong is the foundation and an important component of Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as traditional Chinese technologies for promoting and preserving health and wellness. The regulation of Qigong is under official administration by the Chinese government. Yan Xin Qigong integrates advanced traditional Chinese Qigong with modern scientific exploration and was recommended to the general public by the Chinese government agencies in 1998. It was introduced to North America in early 1990s. This study investigates the effect of practicing Yan Xin Qigong on improving sleep quality among practitioners in their working age. Methods We use a dataset collected from Yan Xin Qigong practitioners in North America. Individuals included in the sample were between 18 and 65 years old when the survey was conducted in 2001. Outcome variables include a dichotomous variable indicating improved self-reported sleep quality after practicing Yan Xin Qigong, and a continuous variable indicating the time it took to fall into sleep. Independent variables include the length of practicing Yan Xin Qigong and practitioners' socio-demographic characteristics. Descriptive and regression analyses are used to examine the relationship between Yan Xin Qigong practice and practitioners' sleep quality. Logit model and generalized linear model are adopted in regression analyses. Results The results shows that sleep quality was improved after practicing Yan Xin Qigong and the length of practice has a significant and positive effect on improving sleep quality among the sampled practitioners. Conclusions Yan Xin Qigong can be an effective practice to improve the sleep quality of professionals.

Learning Areas:

Occupational health and safety
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Evaluate the effects of practicing Yan Xin Qigong on improving sleep quality

Keyword(s): Public Health, Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I made contribution to the study.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.