Sleep Your Way to Better Health

By Debra Staton, Wellness Coordinator for the Arkansas Health Network
Wellness Coordinator

Sleep habits have a profound impact on our well-being. If we don’t get adequate sleep, it affects the way we start the day.

As a breathing human being, we all know we must have food and water, but sleep is just as important. When we sleep, it gives our bodies time to repair. Without adequate sleep, our immune systems and mental health suffer.

Today’s world moves at a very fast pace. We find ourselves going in all different directions just to keep up. This can lead to increased feelings of stress and anxiety. Lack of sleep can affect how we handle stress, which is a good reason to get plenty of shut eye. The stress may still be there, but we are better equipped to cope with stress if we are getting adequate sleep.

You can achieve a better night’s sleep by trying these mindfulness tips: 

  • Do some mindful yoga and breathing and focus on your breathing.
  • Take a warm shower. Focus on the warmth throughout your body and fully engage your senses.
  • Turn off the TV and silence your phone. Light from devices can keep you awake; try to read something light instead.
  • Calm your mind with meditation music. Sounds of rain, thunder and nature relax your mind.
  • Engage in visualization exercises. Close your eyes and focus on something peaceful you have experienced or visualize your favorite vacation spot.