Marching Toward Better Health

By Debra Staton, Wellness Coordinator for the Arkansas Health Network

Wellness Coordinator

During March, the National Sleep Foundation celebrates the benefits of sleep. Since sleep habits do impact our well-being, it is imperative to make steps toward improving our sleep.

We have all heard the “sleep like a baby” phrase. Generally speaking, the phrase means someone slept peacefully. But how many of us really get that peaceful sleep we long for each night? 

We have all been profoundly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has added higher stress levels. Lack of sleep can affect how we handle stress, which in itself seems to be a good reason to get our Z’s. The stress may still be there, but we are equipped better to cope with stress if we are getting adequate sleep.

I would like to share one technique used to fall asleep and something I use often. The visualization technique uses imagery to help focus on peaceful and calming images. 

How do we turn off these anxious feelings and try to unwind? Begin by looking back at a time where you had that relaxing feeling and felt an overall calmness. As you close your eyes and visit that special place, notice as many sensory details you can, including colors, texture and sound.

Let’s all take the step toward managing our stress and overall health. We all deserve to sleep like a baby!