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pj cline

I found it interesting that exercise, caffeine use, and consistent sleep cycle were not predominant factors in determining quality of sleep. According to the blog, it may instead be the level of stress and tension felt by the participant. 24% of participants in the study were deprived of sleep because of stress. The study also found that the people who partook in mindfulness through "taijiquan" found themselves to have a better quality of sleep because of the lack of stress they felt. However, maybe mindfulness should not just be used to improve the quality of sleep. The study also showed that participants who practiced it increased positive energy and relaxation, while simultaneously decreasing tiredness and perceived stress. There seems to be a multitude of reasons to practice mindfulness. With less stress we are able to be more productive and responsive. Positive energy also develops this productivity, while at the same time creating an environment where new ideas can be shared without hesitation. This study furthers my belief in the effectiveness of mindfulness to not only enhance the sleep quality, but to better the productivity of a person.

Maddie Kosar

This article is one that many of us as college students should take note of. Quality of sleep is a problem that college students face daily, and sometimes seems uncontrollable. The biggest problem, however, is that many students would not be willing to buy into using time to take taijiquan classes. With so many positive outcomes, it is definitely something that we could all gain from. It is not surprising that if taijiquan helps sleep, that it also increases mindfulness because if we are better rested, we think more clearly. This study obviously has some problems, since you cannot really measure "mindfulness" or actual stress level, but it does help to make a strong case for increased awareness of mindfulness.

Kelsey Richardson

It was interesting to me that something as simple as mindfulness was found in this study to decrease stress, tiredness, negative energy, and sleep disturbance as well as increase positive energy, relaxation, and self-efficacy among college students. Tiredness, negative energy and lack of sleep are undoubtedly predominant challenges in essentially all college students’ lives and a correlation is definitely found in this study among students who practiced mindfulness and students who did not. Although I agree with Maddie that it would be difficult to get college students to buy into mindfulness-related courses, I think that it could be feasible. It sounds to me that it would not be too difficult to incorporate mindfulness into most physical education courses, which W&L requires as it is. As long as it did not cost students any more money or time than they are already required to spend, it might be a worthwhile experiment to test dual mindfulness-physical education classes within a challenging liberal arts college community like Washington and Lee.

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