Do you feel exhausted and as if you desperately need some attention?
According to a study, there is a practical 10-minute trick you can do that offers the benefits of 44 minutes of sleep.
The technique is ideal for those who are too busy to settle for a nap, but want a quick recharge of their batteries.
The trick was published in the Journal of Business Venturing and says that you should do "mindfulness practice" for 10 minutes to get the fruits.
Second healthdirect, "Awareness is paying full attention to what is happening in you and outside you, moment by moment and without judgment.
"It means that you observe your thoughts, feelings and sensations of taste, touch, smell, sight and sound. You are also fully aware of your surroundings. "
Awareness can be different for each person depending on what lightens the head, but can include deep breathing exercises, meditation or a brisk walk.
In the study, participants were asked if they practiced awareness, how much they slept and their levels of exhaustion.
The results showed that those who slept more or engaged in higher levels of awareness had the lowest levels of fatigue.
WHAT IS THE MIND?
Mindfulness is knowing what is happening inside and outside of us moment by moment, according to Mark Williams, director of Oxford Mindfulness Center.
Williams says the practice involves reconnecting with feelings.
He also sees us reconnect with our bodies, thoughts and feelings.
It is believed that a greater awareness of the present moment will allow people to positively change their vision of themselves and their lives.
The most formal practices include mindfulness meditation, which involves sitting in silence and paying attention to one's thoughts, sounds and sensations in one's body.
Many awareness aids have been developed including apps, online tutorials, exercises and even coloring books.
Doing mindfulness exercises was beneficial for those who were short of sleep but not for those who had their eyes closed but still felt exhausted.
Charles Murnieks, lead author of the study and professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at Oregon State University, said: "It is not possible to replace sleep with awareness exercises, but they could help to compensate and provide some relief.
"If you feel stressed and you don't sleep, you can compensate with awareness exercises to a certain extent.
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"But when you're not short of sleep, awareness doesn't improve those feelings of fatigue."
We shared that sleeping less than six hours a night could increase the risk of early death and cancer, the study warns.
Meanwhile, a daytime nap once or twice a week reduces the risk of heart attack or stroke by half, according to research.