Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Sleep Deprivation and Mindfulness Meditation

From Libery Voice

A new study from the University of Southern California suggests that mindfulness meditation can improve sleep quality for older adults with sleep deprivation, including trouble falling or staying asleep. The researchers found that the mindfulness group showed significant improvement in the quality of their sleep.

Sleep deprivation can lower a body’s defenses. This may cause weight gain and mood disorders, or cause one to be less attentive, make more mistakes and process information more slowly. It can affect one’s productivity and impair one’s decision-making and social skills. It can cause one to misinterpret nonverbal communication, thinking that the cue the other person gave was in some way negative, when in fact it was not.

People who burn the candle at both ends are very susceptible to sleep deprivation. One of the ways to combat this is for organizations/companies to change their thinking from celebrating the people who burn the candle at both ends to value the employees and promote the benefits of sleep. A couple of ways to do this is to be flexible with schedules and allow people to work from home when possible. Another way to combat this is through having mindfulness meditation as a team-building exercise.

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