The Effects of Reflexology Treatment on Sleep Quality in Shift Workers
Grady, Laura Helen
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background Reflexology is based on the ideology that certain points on the feet concur with parts of the body. There is currently no previous research available examining the effects of reflexology on sleep quality in shift workers. A link exists between the pineal gland and the release of melatonin further inducing sleep. By performing reflexology with attention paid to the pineal gland, this study aims to improve sleep quality in night workers who melatonin levels may be inconsistent with their sleeping pattern. This study will add new research to the field Research Question Can reflexology treatment improve sleep quality in shift workers? Method A single subject design method (SSED) was used to evaluate the use of reflexology performed once weekly for four weeks. Measurements were taken one month prior to intervention, prior to first treatment and following the intervention. Results Five out of the six participants saw an overall improvement in sleep quality following intervention. Further analysis of specific sleep quality related questions from both outcome measures displayed an improvement in five out of scores. Conclusion Although improvements were found, due to small size of the study, the conclusion that reflexology is effective on sleep quality in shift workers cannot be fully determined. Larger studies will need to be conducted in order to strengthen and support more accurate results.
B.Sc.(Hons) Complementary Therapies
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