Here's the key to improve your 'Mindfulness' for daily well being 

According to a recent finding published in the journal Sleep Health, getting an extra sleep of 29 minutes every night can help improve mindfulness for daily well being. 

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In today's over-stimulated and technology-driven times, the age-old practice of mindfulness has become more vital than ever. Multiple studies have shown that practising mindfulness has a range of health benefits right from improving sleep to decreasing anxiety

According to a recent finding published in the journal Sleep Health, getting an extra sleep of 29 minutes every night can help improve mindfulness for daily well being. 

Mindfulness can be strengthened through meditation which is a systematic method of focusing your attention. The new research looks at how multiple dimensions of nightly sleep have an impact on daily mindfulness, rather than just concentrating on sleep quality or time. 

The study conducted by the University of South Florida discovered that better sleep improves next-day mindfulness and reduces sleepiness during the day. The research focused on nurses, the largest group of healthcare professionals whose need for optimal sleep and mindful attention are high.

Sleep issues are common in this state due to long shifts, lack of situational control and proximity to life-threatening health conditions. Being the frontline workers amid COVID-19 pandemic their optimal sleep health and mindful attention are very much essential.

Soomi Lee, assistant professor of ageing studies at USF said that one can be awake and alert, but not necessarily mindful. Similarly, one can be tired or in low arousal but still can be mindful. 

Moreover Lee added that mindful attention is beyond being just being awake. It indicates attentional control and self-regulation that facilitates sensitivity and adaptive adjustment to environmental and internal cues, which are essential when providing mindful care to patients and effectively dealing with stressful situations. 

Lee and her colleagues from USF and Moffitt Cancer Center attended 61 nurses for two weeks and examined multiple characteristics of sleep health. They discovered that nurses' mindful attention was greater than their usual after nights with greater sleep sufficiency, better sleep quality, lower efficiency and longer sleep duration (extra half n hour). People with greater mindful attention were also 66% less likely to experience symptoms of insomnia throughout the two-week study duration.

Researchers come to these conclusions by using a variety of tools to measure how much participants were mindful each day. They were prompted to answer daily mindfulness and sleepiness questions three times a day for two weeks using a smartphone application. Participants also wore a smartwatch for the same two weeks that measured sleep and wake patterns.

Findings from the study provide insight into improving a behavioural health intervention strategy for a broader array of healthcare workers. 

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