Meditation Key for Entrepreneurs
Meditation Key for Entrepreneurs Recovering Man

Meditation offers huge replenishment benefits to those with heavy working demands, according to new research from Oregon State University.

“You can’t replace sleep with mindfulness exercises, but they might help compensate and provide a degree of relief,” said Charles Murnieks, Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship in OSU’s College of Business.

He added: “As little as 70 minutes a week, or 10 minutes a day, of mindfulness practice may have the same benefits as an extra 44 minutes of sleep a night.”

Read: Why Meditate? A Guide

The findings were published recently in the Journal of Business Venturing.

Exhaustion is a pervasive problem for entrepreneurs working on new ventures, but there is little existing research exploring the levels of exhaustion experienced by this group or how they handle it.

In their research, Murnieks and his co-authors sought to explore ways entrepreneurs deal with the exhaustion that comes with the work.

In a study of 105 entrepreneurs from around the U.S., the researchers asked participants about their exhaustion levels; whether they engaged in mindfulness practices and if so, how often and for how long; and how many hours they slept each night.

More than 40% of the participants reported working 50 hours per week or more, on average, and sleeping less than 6 hours a night.

The researchers found that the entrepreneurs who slept more, or who engaged in the highest levels of mindfulness exercises, reported lower levels of exhaustion.

In a second study of 329 entrepreneurs, the researchers again asked about mindfulness practice, perceived exhaustion and sleep.

The study confirmed the findings of the initial study, that mindfulness can combat feelings of exhaustion.

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