Sleep is More Important Than Ever in Recovery

Sleep is More Important Than Ever in Recovery

You’ve probably heard a lot in the media about sleep and health throughout your life. Getting enough is one of America’s favorite topics, and yet so few people get the sleep they need throughout life. You may think you’ve heard everything about the issue, yet sleep is more vital than ever if you’re in early recovery. So do you get the right amount of rest? How can you tell?

Sleep Helps the Body Recover

Sleep is a vital part of many processes in the body. When you’re injured, sleep a role in healing as your body rests. People who are in recovery are no exception when it comes to needing adequate rest to heal.

Initial detox from a person’s drug of choice takes a few days to weeks. The second phase of withdrawal, which has less intense symptoms, is called post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS).

Many people go through post-acute withdrawal, which usually begins when a person has been substance-free for six months to a year. PAWS causes symptoms such as headaches, trouble concentrating, irritation, and anxiety. While it’s a healthy thing for people who are sober to go through, it’s essential to treat the symptoms of it. Part of taking care of these symptoms is getting enough sleep. The brain heals itself when you’re sleeping. It also controls other body processes that need healing, giving them the fuel they need to repair themselves.

Getting enough sleep can help you feel your best. Don’t sacrifice your sleep if you can help it.

If You Can’t Sleep

Many people experience insomnia or a mental health disorder that makes it difficult to get rest. If you’re having trouble sleeping at night, there are a few natural solutions you can try before seeking medical advice:

  • Go to sleep and wake up around the same time every day. If you’re extra tired, go to sleep early rather than sleeping late.
  • Get daily exercise, which can help your body create the chemicals that help you sleep.
  • Avoid caffeine after 4 pm.
  • If you’re tired from non-sleep, take a nap but keep it 20 minutes or less.
  • Learn relaxation techniques and deep breathing. Use them when you’re in bed.
  • Don’t use your bed for things other than sleep-related activities.

Sometimes there’s something medical going on that keeps you up at night. If none of the above solutions seem to help, you should go to the doctor and see if something else is involved. A mental health disorder (like anxiety or bipolar disorder) can cause insomnia. Other cases of insomnia can be tied to symptoms of a thyroid disorder. Taking care of your health means getting to a doctor to diagnose any illnesses.

Getting Help for Addiction

The journey from addiction to recovery has been made by many of our clients in our safe, welcoming environment. We’re here honor your decision and empower you with the courage and strength to achieve long-term sobriety.  Both of our residential detox centers in Fountain Valley and Newport Beach have limited space available. We’d love to have you join us and can answer any questions you have. Just get in touch at 1-800-970-8774.

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