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Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Getting an adequate amount of sleep is incredibly important in recovery. Sleep is necessary to our mental and physical health, and can mean the difference between feeling motivated throughout the day, or feeling sluggish and tired. When we get proper, healthy sleep, we are much more likely to be able to properly engage with our recovery program and stay happy, joyous, and free in our sobriety.

Not getting enough sleep can have a major impact on our overall well-being. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute explains, “Sleep deficiency is linked to many chronic health problems, including heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, obesity, and depression. Sleep deficiency also is associated with an increased risk of injury in adults, teens, and children. For example, driver sleepiness (not related to alcohol) is responsible for serious car crash injuries and death. In the elderly, sleep deficiency might be linked to an increased risk of falls and broken bones. In addition, sleep deficiency has played a role in human errors linked to tragic accidents, such as nuclear reactor meltdowns, grounding of large ships, and aviation accidents.”

Some people feel that it is possible to adjust to sleeping very little. However, research shows that when we don’t get enough sleep, we accumulate “sleep debt.” According to a Sleep Science article entitled How to Get Rid of Sleep Debt, “When you’re awake, a chemical called adenosine builds up in your blood, and when you sleep, your body breaks it down. Skimp on sleep, however, and adenosine builds up in your bloodstream, making you more and more desperate to snooze. Your reaction time slows, which makes you more prone to dangerous mistakes when driving. A shortage of sleep is to blame for some 100,000 traffic accidents, 76,000 injuries, and 1,500 deaths a year.”

We may feel that losing a few hours of sleep every night is not that big of a deal, but it adds up and our sleep debt must be repaid. Sleep Science explains, “Getting just two to three hours too little sleep for a few nights can have the same effect as pulling an all-nighter—yet it’s something that many Americans routinely do. If that doesn’t sound like a big deal, consider this: Staying up for 24 hours straight and then getting behind the wheel is like driving with a blood-alcohol content that deems you legally drunk in all 50 states.” Adults 18 or older should be getting about 7-8 hours of sleep per night or are at risk of developing sleep debt that can interfere with proper brain functioning. In recovery, too little sleep can keep us from experiencing the motivation we need to take on each day and live our life to the fullest.

Your life can become one of happiness, joyousness, and freedom in sobriety. You can make the decision to seek help today and embark upon the rewarding journey of recovery. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, brings together behavior health and addictions specialists, holistic experts, and spiritual guides to help you develop all the tools necessary to achieve and maintain a life of sobriety. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431