A new study following multiple sclerosis (MS) patients has found that doing online meditations can reduce the symptoms of depression and sleep disorders related to the illness, reports Bel Marra Health.

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disorder in which the myelin sheath that protects neurons is damaged, interrupting the flow of information to and from the brain. The study used 139 multiple sclerosis patients as participants and followed them through an eight-week online course about meditating.

There are many aspects of MS that can decrease a patient’s quality of life aside from physical symptoms. These are called psychosocial effects. Many treatments for MS simply do not consider these psychosocial effects as part of the treatment course. These effects can, however, have incredible detriments on a patient’s overall quality of life and should be taken as seriously as the physiological symptoms patients are experiencing.