Your Sleeping Habits Will Change in Addiction Recovery, Here’s How


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There are many changes that come with addiction recovery, but they are all worth it. Your perspective on life, the way you handle challenging situations, and the general lifestyle you lead will all change for the better if you truly dedicate your time and energy to your happiness, health, and well-being. Along with major changes come smaller ones – how and what you eat, what you spend your free time doing, how you schedule out your day and more become more conducive to your recovery goals. Sleep is another factor that will change; it may be a little rough in the beginning but over time, you will balance back out.

Here’s What You Can Expect

At the beginning, you may struggle with insomnia or restlessness as your body becomes used to the initial changes of sobriety. Other issues in early recovery regarding sleep may be repeatedly waking up, having disturbing dreams, having difficulty falling and staying asleep, not feeling refreshed after sleep, and more. This is also affected by the sleeping patterns you had when your addiction was active – if you didn’t get much sleep, it will take your body some time to resume its normal sleep cycle. This is why it’s incredibly important to avoid caffeine and sugar, as both can cause a boost in energy.

How Treatment Centers Can Help

Reputable treatment centers often strive to provide a relaxing environment; whether you’re near the ocean and can hear the sound of waves at night, or if you’re in a spacious, home-like room with peace and quiet, treatment centers can help facilitate healthy sleeping patterns. A 2017 study published in the journal Social Science & Medicine sought to explore sleep waves patterns of patients in substance abuse recovery treatment; results from the study found that between the structure enforced and the environment, treatment centers provide a space that is conducive to restoring sleep.

A 2016 study published in the journal Sociology of Health & Illness emphasized the fact that poor sleep in recovery can increase an individual’s risk for relapse – making it crucial that you take steps throughout the day to help lessen your stress, promote relaxation, and get an overall good night’s sleep. Speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today to learn more about various treatment programs and how they may be of benefit to you.

Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse recovery center. We offer dual diagnosis treatment, so if you are experiencing both substance abuse and symptoms of a mental disorder, call us today at 888-743-0490 so that we can work with you to restore your happiness, health, and well-being. You do not have to continue living this way; there are many people here ready to help you.

References

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953617303106

 

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1467-9566.12528

 

http://alcoholrehab.com/alcohol-rehab/sleep-problems-in-early-recovery/