Meditation Versus Sleep – Finding the Right Balance

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Meditation Versus Sleep

People struggle to find time for work, personal relationships, life tasks, and sleep within the limited hours of the day. Meeting all these demands while ensuring adequate sleep and waking up refreshed can be daunting.

 

Meditation Versus Sleep
Meditation Versus Sleep

Mindfulness as a Sleep Solution

A study published in the Journal of Business Venturing suggests that practicing mindfulness for 10 minutes each day can have similar positive effects on the brain as getting an additional 44 minutes of sleep every night. This offers a potential solution for individuals who can’t achieve a full eight hours of sleep due to their busy schedules.

Understanding Mindfulness

Mindfulness involves being fully present in the present moment without judgment. It encompasses observing thoughts, feelings, and sensory experiences like taste, touch, smell, sight, and sound. Various mindfulness practices include traditional meditation, deep breathing techniques, and engaging in activities that clear the mind, such as walking.

Research Findings

Researchers conducted two studies on busy individuals to explore the relationship between sleep, mindfulness, and exhaustion. The first study involved 105 entrepreneurs, while the second study included 329 entrepreneurs. Findings from both studies indicated that those who either slept more or engaged in higher levels of mindfulness experienced lower levels of exhaustion.

Limitations and Context

Mindfulness exercises were found to be beneficial for individuals who were short on sleep and feeling stressed. These exercises provided some relief and compensation for the lack of sleep. However, for those who were already getting sufficient sleep but still felt exhausted, mindfulness didn’t significantly improve their feelings of tiredness

Mindfulness vs. Sleep

Mindfulness exercises can’t replace the need for adequate sleep, but they can serve as a complementary approach to managing stress and exhaustion when sleep is limited. It’s important to recognize that mindfulness is most effective when combined with sufficient sleep, and it can offer relief for those facing sleep deficits.

Takeaways

The study highlights the potential of mindfulness to mitigate feelings of exhaustion for individuals with busy schedules and inadequate sleep. It emphasizes the importance of balancing both sleep and mindfulness practices to manage overall well-being and cope with the demands of a busy lifestyle.

Yours truly,

Rachele, Founder

myluegene.com

rachele@mybluegenes.com

 

3 thoughts on “Meditation Versus Sleep – Finding the Right Balance”

  1. Nice job Rachele,

    Mindfulness is a major trend right now. In fact, I am coming across it at work, school and even in the faith-based sector. With all the social media misinformation, compounded by so much social negativity, meditation and mindfulness plays a major role in our lives. It is a protective factor that helps us keep balance and positivity in our lives.

    Chip

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    • Hi there, Chip.

      Thank you for stopping by to read and comment on my article regarding Meditation versus sleep. As you already know, so many people suffer from lack of sleep, unfortunately. We can hardly blame them because of the prevalence of distraction on the social media level. I highly recommend meditation as a way to mitigate the sleeplessness epidemic.

      Rachele

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    • Chip,

      I am glad you found my article related to meditation versus sleep useful. Rest and relaxation is a key component in regards to our overall well=being. This is a very important part of self-care that should not be neglected. Thank you for stopping by.

      Rachele

      Reply

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