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Sleep quality is altered with the advance of age. Acupressure is a non-pharmacological therapy, which involves the stimulation of certain acupoints by pressing with the fingers. A study was conducted in two old age homes in Madurai to assess the effectiveness of acupressure on improvement of sleep quality among the elderly. Quantitative approach with one group pre-test post-test design was used. Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) was used to measure the sleep quality. All the subjects reported poor quality of sleep. Majority had moderate level of poor quality of sleep in pre-test (61.7%). Following acupressure 43.3% of subjects reported good quality of sleep. Acupressure was found to be significantly effective in improving sleep quality. As acupressure has no significant adverse effects or side effects, nurses can empower themselves with acupressure skills and intervene when elderly clients have poor sleep quality.