THE LATEST RESEARCH CONDUCTED BY EBBTIDE:
COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE SHOWN TO IMPROVE SLEEP IN HISPANIC AND LATINO IMMIGRANTS
EbbTide Wellnes Studio's study of Hispanic and Latino immigrants with sleep complaints found significant improvements in sleep and emotional stress after four acupuncture treatments. Hispanic and Latino immigrants face sociocultural stressors that may contribute to sleep disturbance. Acupuncture has been widely used to reduce anxiety, depression and stress in a community environment.
Researchers at EbbTide Wellness Studio, Tracy Hockmeyer, PhD. and Heather Rupp, PhD., studied self-reported sleep and emotional stress of sixteen Hispanic or Latino immigrants before, mid-way, and following eight community acupuncture treatment with needles in the ear. Results show that self-reported sleep and emotional stress improved after four bi-weekly treatments. There was also some association between improvement in sleep and decreasing emotional distress.
“These findings may have an important impact on health in the Hispanic and Latino immigrant community because they show that auricular acupuncture in a community setting may be used to improve sleep and emotional distress after just four treatments..” said lead author Dr. Tracy Rupp Hockmeyer, a co-owner and acupuncturist at EbbTide Wellness Studio. “Auriculo-acupuncture therapy is a low-cost, easily implemented group treatment option for improving sleep and emotional distress with relatively quick results.”
Rupp Hockmeyer said implementation of this treatment in communities could directly benefit sleep and emotional health in Latino and Hispanic immigrants. Study results will be used to support outreach efforts to promote auricular acupuncture for sleep and emotional distress in the Hispanic and Latino community
“The significance of the findings to the scientific field is that acupuncture is a good candidate for further study for treatment of sleep complaints associated with emotional distress. These results are suggestive of a number of avenues of future research on the mechanisms of action of why and how acupuncture might impact sleep and emotional distress and of other integrative approaches like meditation might be examined as well,” she noted.
The research abstract was published recently in an online supplement of the journal Sleep and will be presented as a poster Aug. 28-30 during Virtual SLEEP 2020. SLEEP is the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, a joint venture of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society.
Note: The above information contains data that have been updated since the publication of the research abstract.
The study was supported by to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) Humanitarian Award#:197-FP-18.
About the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Established in 1975, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is advancing sleep care and enhancing sleep health to improve lives. The AASM has a combined membership of 11,000 accredited member sleep centers and individual members, including physicians, scientists and other health care professionals (aasm.org).
A copy of the abstract, “Auricular Acupuncture Treatment Associated with Improved Self-Reported Sleep and Emotional Distress in Hispanic and Latino Immigrants: A Preliminary Report,” can be viewed below.