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Sleeping Habits and Recovery

The human body is designed and needs to rest about one-third of a day.  Other aspects of an individual’s life will have effects on sleeping habits.  While resting, the body is restoring itself. The healing process of injuries or added stress requires more sleep than normal.  A person suffering from addiction avoids sleep or sleeps too long. Having an imbalance of rest can through off several other factors.  The individual can get help and go through treatment. During the process, detox could require more rest and routine can reset the balance.  

During Drug Use

Stimulants and sedatives are effects from using drugs and alcohol.  Someone who uses stimulants will have a difficult time falling asleep.  Sometimes the person will use more drugs to sedate themselves to help get rest.  The cycle of addiction will continue to thrive. Using sedative type drugs will drain the body of energy.  The lack of cognitive thinking and low energy becomes an anti-motivator and hinders the individual from being productive.  Either type of drug will lower the quality of sleep and cause more problems for the person using the substances.

During Treatment

Once the person with addiction decides to seek help and begins treatment, detox can irritate the body and make sleeping even more difficult.  The individual should consider speaking with their doctor to find out if a sleeping aid will help. During detox and treatment the person in recovery needs extra rest for the body to repair itself.  Using drugs and alcohol has taken a toll on the body. Treatment is a time for the healing process to begin. Suggested coping skills and tools can help the individual regain control over the body. The person will have to decide what will work best to create a healthy sleep routine.

In Recovery

Aftercare programs help continue the journey through recovery, although being out of the care center can be difficult at first.  Sleeping habits need to continue for a healthy lifestyle to flourish. When a person in recovery is unable to maintain a routine, the imbalance can be devastating and result in relapse.  To avoid falling out of sleep hygiene, one must follow a few easy guidelines. Below is a list of positive activities to help improve sleep.

Avoid caffeine

Stay abstinent from drugs and alcohol

Maintain a sleeping environment by keeping the room quiet, dark, and at a comfortable temperature.

Follow a pre-sleep routine such as tea, meditation, or reading before bed.

Sleep when tired.

Try to sleep at night and be outside during the day.  A sleep routine helps the internal clock.

Avoid naps, even though relaxation is necessary.

Try not to eat late in the evening.

Resilient House has a specific routine to help you overcome addiction and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Call 833-change1 (833-242-6431) to take back control of your life.