For health as for productivity at work or elsewhere, getting enough sleep is essential. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to wait for 8 hours of sleep a day, especially when you have children, or a long commute between home and work, or even shifted schedules.
In a study conducted among entrepreneurs and published in the Journal of Business Venturing, researchers from Oregon State University (United States) report that they observed that 10 minutes of mindfulness meditation would help to “Compensate” for a lack of sleep, since they would equate to 44 minutes more sleep.
The researchers here recruited 105 entrepreneurs, whom they questioned about their level of exhaustion. Over 40% of respondents reported working 50 or more hours per week on average and sleeping less than six hours per night. The researchers found that entrepreneurs who slept more, orwho indulged in mindfulness exercises with a high level of consciousness, reported lower levels of exhaustion. In a second experiment conducted with 329 entrepreneurs, the researchers again asked questions about the practice of mindfulness, perceived exhaustion and sleep. The study confirmed the conclusions of the original study, namely that mindfulness can combat the feeling of exhaustion. However, this harms entrepreneurship since it harms good cognitive functioning, decision-making or perseverance.
Charles Murnieks, assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at the College of Business at Oregon State University, and lead author of the study, however, says it is sadly impossible to completely compensate for a lack of sleep with mindfulness exercises. but that these could still bring some relief. “Even 70 minutes a week, or 10 minutes a day, of mindfulness practice can have the same benefits as an extra 44 minutes of sleep per night“, did he declare.
The researcher admitted that mindfulness could above all, and this is not negligible, help overcome a period of stress which interferes with sleep. It would therefore be a help for regain quality sleep, repairman.