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Mindfulness And Self-Compassion Are Associated With Better Sleep And Resilience In Young Health Professionals

09 Jun

Researchers from The Ohio State University evaluated the impact of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion training on the sleep, resilience and burnout of 213 young health professionals and trainees at a major Midwestern academic health center.

The average age of the respondents was 28 years old and 73% were female. Professions included dieticians (11%), nurses (14%), physicians (38%), social workers (24%), and other (12%).

Outcome measures for sleep and resilience were assessed by using the 8-item PROMIS Sleep scale and the 6-item Brief Resilience Scale.

Mindfulness and self-compassion scores were measured using the 10-item Cognitive and Affective Mindfulness Scale, Revised and the 12-item Self-Compassion Scale.

Health was assessed with the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) Global Health measures, and stress was assessed with the 10-item Perceived Stress Scale.

The investigators performed multiple regression analyses to determine whether mindfulness and self-compassion were associated with better sleep and resilience. They found that sleep disturbances were significantly and most strongly correlated with perceived stress and poorer health, but also with less mindfulness and less self-compassion.

Resilience was strongly and significantly correlated with less stress and better mental health, more mindfulness, and more self-compassion.

They conclude that sleep and resilience are correlated with both mindfulness and self-compassion.  

Citation:  Kemper KJ1,2, Mo X2,3, Khayat R3,4. Are Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Associated with Sleep and Resilience in Health Professionals? Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 2015 Aug;21(8):496-503. doi: 10.1089/acm.2014.0281. Epub 2015 Jun 2.

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Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award