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How to Combat Insomnia?

Sleep problems are almost a given for people in early recovery. Lack of sleep can cause a lot of frustration and even anxiety and depression in those afflicted. All of these things on their own are threats to a person’s sobriety, and combined, they are a ticking time bomb. Insomnia is thought to be a major contributor to relapse, so treating it in any healthy way possible is imperative. If you are suffering from no sleep, trust that it will pass. You are in a difficult place, but it will get better. Keep working your recovery, and use the following suggestions to help you get some zzz’s:

  1. Go to bed at the same time every night.
  2. Stop your “screen time” at least an hour before you go to bed, and preferably two. Use a blue light filter in the evenings to help limit the stimulating efffects of blue light.
  3. Don’t drink caffeine after 2pm; this includes most teas, and beware that dark chocolate also contains caffeine.
  4. Use white noise in the background, such as a fan, or find a download online.
  5. Keep your room as dark as possible.
  6. Create a bedtime ritual and stick to it. Try taking a warm, lavender-scented bath an hour or two before sleep, dim the lights, drink herbal tea, and listen to soft music. Guided sleep meditation recordings can also be very beneficial, and a wealth of all types of meditation practices are available on the Insight Timer app.
  7. Start exercising if you’re not already. If you are, you can play around with the time of day that you go. For instance, if you have been going in the evening, try working out in the morning and see if your sleep improves. Exercise and nutrition can help put you on the fast track of healing your brain and your body—all of which will bring you relief at bedtime.
  8. Make eating healthy a priority. Fine tuning your diet to be mostly composed of veggies, whole grains, fruit, and lean protein can help restore your body and the nutrients lost during active addiction.

No matter how far down the scale you have gone, recovery is possible. You can make the decision to embark upon the rewarding journey of recovery by seeking help now. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, is staffed with knowledgeable and compassionate professionals dedicated to helping clients build happy, fulfilling lives in sobriety, free from the chains of addiction. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431