African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines

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Comparing the influence of relaxation training and consumption of valerian on insomnia of menopause women: A randomized clinical trial

Azam Jokar, Atefe Kargosha, Marzieh Akarzadeh, Nasrin Asadi, Zahra Setoudeh


Background: Sleep disturbance is one of the symptoms of menopause, which occurs due to a decrease in sex hormones and dramatically affects the quality of life. This study was designed to compare the effects of relaxation and Valerian on insomnia of menopause women.
Methods: The study was a randomized clinical trial in 129 menopausal women with insomnia that were randomly allocated to three groups valerian, relaxation and control. After 1 month information obtained by demographic questionnaire and sleep quality Petersburg, then data analyzed in the software SPSS20 at a significance level of 0.05.
Results: The results showed there was significant difference in the level of education , age of marriage(p<0.05 ).Comparing average scores before and after treatment of sleep disorders were determined in valerian and relaxation group was significant difference (p <0.001) and in the control group no correlation was found (p >0.05).
Conclusion: This study showed that the herb valerian and relaxation techniques effective for menopausal insomnia and helps to increase the quality of their sleep.

Key words: relaxation, valerian, insomnia, menopause.

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