Close your eyes or open your mind: Effects of sleep and mindfulness exercises on entrepreneurs' exhaustion

Charles Y. Murnieks, Jonathan D. Arthurs, Melissa S. Cardon, Nusrat Farah, Jason Stornelli, J. Michael Haynie

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Abstract

Exhaustion is a prominent problem in entrepreneurship because it inhibits cognitive functioning, opportunity identification and evaluation, decision-making, and perseverance. We examine the possible benefits of sleep and mindfulness exercises in reducing the exhaustion experienced by entrepreneurs in the course of launching and growing ventures. Across two studies, we find that both sleep and mindfulness exercises provide avenues for entrepreneurs to combat exhaustion. More interestingly, we find that these two factors compensate for one another; as the usage of one increases, the efficacy of the other decreases. This has important implications for reducing exhaustion and improving cognitive functioning and motivational energy among entrepreneurs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number105918
JournalJournal of Business Venturing
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2020

Keywords

  • Exhaustion
  • Mindfulness
  • Sleep

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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