Most of us know how frustrating it can be to awaken in the middle of the night—or the wee hours of the morning—and then to toss and turn in bed for hours, unable to go back to sleep. It’s not only frustrating, but also quite damaging. Indeed, chronic sleep loss is one of the leading contributors to anxiety, depression, and various other diseases. What’s more, it can significantly impede the progress of addiction recovery.

How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

If sleeplessness is keeping you from tackling your recovery plan with gusto, here are five things you might try to sleep without interruption.

  1. Maintain a consistent sleep rhythm. The best thing you can do to keep your sleep from disruption is to go to bed at the same time each night and wake up at the same time each morning. Sleeping in on Saturdays can actually be counterproductive, causing your body to lose its own sleep rhythm.
  2. Unplug your electronics. The blue light emitted by your phone, tablet, and other electronic devices—even when they’re just charging on your night stand—can interfere with your rest. Get them out of your room or turn them off altogether!
  3. Eliminate stress. Find activities that will help you manage your day-to-day stress—including exercise, meditation, journaling, or something else.
  4. Get out of bed. If you toss and turn for more than 15 minutes, get out of best and go spend some time doing something relaxing—like reading. Then try again to fall asleep.
  5. Maintain bed limitations. Other than sleeping and having sex, there’s really nothing you should be using your bed for.

By following these guidelines, you will hopefully find it easier to sleep soundly each night, without your invaluable rest being interrupted.

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