Mind-Body Exercise Impact on Depression, Anxiety, and Quality of Sleep in College Students (UROP)
- Depression, anxiety, and quality of sleep has become a prevalent issue in college students, making it difficult for students to go through their daily lives and accomplish what they need to be successful
- Quality of sleep is oftentimes what suffers the most, little sleep has been shown to negatively affect mental health over a long period of time (Vera, et al. 2009)
- Yoga has shown to decrease depressive symptoms in depressed adults (Manicoret al. 2016)
The aim of this study was to determine the effects of mind-body exercises (yoga) on students at a large public university in China, monitoring their yoga activity impact on their depression, anxiety, and sleep quality in comparison to a control, Latin Dance group of students.
- ANXIETY – The interventions of both Yoga and Latin Dance did not have significant impact on anxiety score post-intervention, and did not have significantly difference in their impact
- SLEEP QUALITY - Both interventions had a positive impact on sleep quality, but there was no significant difference in how the interventions impacted PSQI scores.
- DEPRESSION – Both interventions, Yoga and Latin Dance, had a significant positive impact on depression scores in college students. There was no significant difference in how the interventions impacted depression scores.
UROP 2019 poster authors:
Gasia Oknayan1, Anna Maxwell1, Dylan Kong1 & Dr. Weiyun Chen2
1: University of Michigan, 2: Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Kinesiology
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