In this study, Iranian researchers examined the impact of self-administered acupressure on sleep quality and fatigue among patients with migraine. Their results were published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.
Poor sleep quality and fatigue are two of the most common complaints associated with migraine. These problems contribute to the development of severe headaches.
This double-blind, randomized controlled trial involved 76 patients from the neurology clinic of Valiasr (PBUH) teaching hospital, all of whom suffered from migraine without aura.
The researchers randomly assigned these patients to either an acupressure group or a sham acupressure group.
They used a demographic questionnaire, the Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index and the Fatigue Severity Scale to collect data from the patients.
Both groups were trained for four consecutive weeks to apply acupressure on acupoints and sham points, respectively, three times weekly at bedtime.
The researchers analyzed the data using Chi-square, independent-sample t, paired-sample t and ANCOVA tests at the significance level of less than 0.05.
After controlling sleep quality mean scores at baseline, the researchers found no significant difference between the sleep quality of the two groups after intervention.
On the other hand, the mean scores for fatigue significantly decreased in both the acupressure and sham acupressure groups.
The decrease in the acupressure group was significantly greater than the decrease in the sham acupressure group.
Vagharseyyedin SA, Salmabadi M, Bahramitaghanaki H, Riyasi H. THE IMPACT OF SELF-ADMINISTERED ACUPRESSURE ON SLEEP QUALITY AND FATIGUE AMONG PATIENTS WITH MIGRAINE: A RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. May 2019;35:374–380. DOI: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.10.011