Changes in Sleep With Auricular Point Acupressure for Chronic Low Back Pain

Chao Hsing Yeh, Lorna Kwai Ping Suen, Juan Shen, Lung Chang Chien, Zhan Liang, Ronald M. Glick, Natalia E. Morone, Eileen R. Chasens

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The purpose of this study was to report sleep quality from 4 weeks of auricular point acupressure that was designed for chronic low back pain and determine the relationship between pain intensity and sleep quality. Participants were randomized into the APA group (Formula presented.) or the sham-APA group (Formula presented.). At baseline assessment, 87% of the participants reported poor sleep quality. Participants who received APA had decreased daytime disturbance and improved global Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index scores at end of intervention (EOI) and 1-month follow up compared to participants in the sham-APA group. For the APA group, both the sleep duration and wake after sleep onset decreased gradually during the 4-week APA (0.56% and 0.23% daily change, respectively).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-294
Number of pages16
JournalBehavioral Sleep Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 3 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Neurology


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