The Effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy on Insomnia and Sleep Quality in Medical Students
Sleep is an important physiological process, which has a profound effect on the physical and mental health of individuals. The present study was conducted to determine the effect of acceptance and commitment therapy on insomnia and sleep quality in students of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences. Research design was quasi-experimental with control group and assessment into the pre-test, post-test and a follow up that lasted for 3 months. The statistical population consisted of all male and female students of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences who were studying in the academic year of 2013-2014. Among them, 30 were selected by a cluster sampling method and were randomly assigned into two experimental and control groups. The data were analyzed using SPSS 22 software. Covariance analysis was used to test the research hypotheses. Results showed a significant difference between the two groups in intensity of insomnia and sleep quality in two stages of post-test and three-month follow up. This finding showed that acceptance and commitment therapy can be used as an effective intervention to reduce insomnia and improve sleep quality.