Addiction recovery can be demanding; it requires you to be at your best, physically and mentally. That means getting plenty of sleep at night, yet for many people in recovery, sleep is hard to come by. The question is, what can you do to drop off and get those eight hours, without having to resort to sleep-enhancing medications— many of which can be habit-forming, some of which can actually be addictive?
Here are four natural alternatives to sleeping pills.
4 Natural Ways to Fall Asleep
- Practice better sleep hygiene. First and foremost, make sure you have the right habits about your sleep. Try to set a consistent schedule, waking up and going to sleep at the same time every day. Limit caffeine intake after noon. And, be sure you open your windows to let some natural light in when you wake up each morning. All of these things can condition your body to get the sleep it needs.
- Create a cocoon. Another thing that can help you sleep is to create a comforting, cocoon-like environment in your bedroom. Get rid of any light sources, including the blue light of charging electronic devices. Keep your room dark but also cool. And, consider a white noise machine to block out distractions from outside your bedroom window.
- Develop a soothing ritual. Think of some relaxing ways you can spend your evening and prepare yourself for bedtime—whether that means reclining in the tub, doing some evening yoga/meditation, or simply relaxing with comfy pajamas and a good book.
- Improve your nutrition. What you eat and drink in the evening can impact the kind of sleep you get. Try to avoid food with added sugars or heavy carb content. The best snacks can be healthy fats (nuts, avocado) or lean proteins. As for drinks, an herbal, non-caffeinated tea or a cup of milk can sometimes be helpful.
Sleep is critical to a healthy recovery. If you have questions about natural sleep remedies or about addiction rehab, reach out to us at Seacliff Recovery today.