Mindfulness is a subject you should already be familiar with, but essentially it is being aware and paying attention to experiences occurring in the present moment without forming an opinion. If you struggle with that, the issue might be that you’re not getting enough sleep.
Evidence suggests being more mindful can also improve well-being and lower stress on a daily basis. In turn, this behavioral shift can alleviate chronic stress and in turn, stave off diseases like heart disease, high blood pressure, and some cancers.
According to a recent study, published in the journal Sleep Health, adding just 29 minutes of sleep per night can improve mindfulness the next day. This is just another in a long line of benefits of getting good quality sleep. It also suggests that even a bit of extra snoozing makes a meaningful difference when it comes to mental health.
“We all need mindfulness for better work performance and daily well-being,” study co-author Soomi Lee, a researcher at the University of South Florida School of Aging Studies, tells Inverse. “Findings from this study show that, if you sleep shorter or poorer than usual, it degrades next-day mindful attention.”
So, if you are having a hard time being mindful, do your best to go to bed a little earlier, or stay in bed a little later. See if it helps.