Meditation Alleviates Psychological Distress and Sleep Quality in COVID-19 Patients during Home Isolation

    Published on:September 2022
    Journal of Young Pharmacists, 2022; 14(4):xx-xx
    Short Communication | doi:

    Archana Rajagopalan1,*, Maheshkumar Kuppusamy2, Tamil Selvi Gandhi1

    1Department of Physiology, Saveetha Medical College and Hospital, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Thandalam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, INDIA.

    2Department of Physiology and Biochemistry, Government Yoga and Naturopathy Medical College and Hospital, Arumbakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, INDIA.


    Background: The Covid 19 pandemic have led to both physical and psychological outbreaks in lives of many people, especially among quarantined people. To handle this mood disorders of isolated Covid 19 patient’s in home care, noninvasive OM chanting has been adopted to study its effect on stress, anxiety, depression, quality of sleep and life. Methods: 56 participants with the mean age of 41 years confirmed with COVID-19 infection under the Saveetha home care program were selected. The Experimental group practiced OM chanting for 20mins for a duration of 14 days. DASS-21 and Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index was assessed before and after the intervention. Results: After 14 days’ intervention, significant decrease in depression (13.26±4.52 to 7.84±3.96; p=0.01), anxiety (14.38±5.28 to 8.29±4.73; p=0.05) and stress (16.88±4.90 to 7.32±3.91; p=0.05) were noted. In addition to that over all sleep quality (11.24± 3.89 to 6.70± 3.51) and quality of life also improved among the patients after the 14 days OM chanting. Conclusion: The practice of OM chanting for two weeks showed notable reduction in the DASS-21 in comparison to the first base assessment. The increase in the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index was also recorded. In further, larger sample size and long-term intervention will be studied with a robust research design.

    Keywords: OM Chanting, Meditation, Anxiety, Stress, Depression, Quality of sleep.