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The aim of this quasi experimental study was to examine the effect of Bud-Dho concentrating meditation practice on quality of sleep in the third-year nursing students, Prince of Songkla University. The 40 participants were randomly assigned to experimental (n = 20) and control group (n = 20). The experimental group received Bud-Dho concentrating meditation practice for three weeks, consecutively. The experimental group practiced this meditation for four sessions per week with 40 minutes per session. The quality of sleep was measured by the Verran and Snyder Halpern Sleep Scale (VSH Sleep Scale). The comparison of sleep scores was tested by Independent t-test.
The results showed that the mean quality of sleep scores in the experimental group, measuring at the first and the third week, was significantly higher than that of the control group (p = 0.03). The mean quality of sleep scores in the experimental group at the third week was significantly higher than those mean scores at the first week (p = 0.03). It was also found that the mean scores of concentrating meditation in the experimental group at the third week was significantly higher than the first week after practicing meditation (p = 0.03).
The results indicated that this Bud-Dho concentrating meditation practice could promote sleep quality. Therefore, it is recommended that nursing students should be promoted to practice Bud-Dho concentrating meditation continually.