Mindfulness

Trying to be mindful? Get more sleep

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If you’ve ever been trapped in a spiral of worrying about the future or ruminating on the past, you might try to practice “mindfulness.”

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Mindfulness forces you to non-judgmentally observe the present moment, your surroundings, and whatever feelings you might have.

One trick to helping you stay mindful is getting a little extra sleep, a new study found.

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Scientists reported in Sleep Health that you need just 29 extra minutes of sleep to help you stay mindful the next day.

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Improved mindfulness practice may help you sleep better the next night, and the next, and the next...

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During the study period, participants were 66 percent less likely to experience insomnia when they reported improved mindfulness.

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“If nightly sleep is not optimal, then daily mindful attention may be degraded, and over time, this may result in a cascading effect between poor sleep and lower mindful attention,” the researchers write.

But good sleep can be hard to achieve, so here are 5 tips to help you get started.

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