Mindfulness Research – Being Mindful Will Help you Sleep and Maintain a Healthy Weight

On Monday I gave you a recipe for grilled chickpeas.  Research has shown that certain chemicals inside of chickpeas make you sleepy. Mindfulness also can help you sleep.

The American Mindfulness Research Association shared information about a recent study published in JAMA internal medicine. The sleep study focused on older adults who reported having issues falling or staying asleep. The adults were assigned to one of two groups.  The first group received 12 hours of group instruction on Mindfulness Awareness Practices for Daily Living (MAP) and were given at home assignments. In their 12 hours of instruction, they were shown how to sit, walk, move, eat and meditate.  The second group focused on sleep hygeine education (SHE). The participants in the second group were instructed on sleep self monitoring, relaxation techniques and sleep hygiene strategies.  The study showed that participants in the MAP group had significant improvements in their sleep, less fatigue and less depression. (Mindfulness also helps people who suffer from Insomnia.)

Other Mindfulness articles that are interesting:

Mindful women less likely to be obese.  I found this article very interesting.  Mindfulness helped women more than men.  Men tended to still be overweight even if they were mindful.

Newsweek article – personal story about mindfulness  – This is a personal story about someone who attended a mindfulness retreat and how their body chemistry changed in a very short time just by learning to be mindful.

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