A good night’s rest can be invaluable to your recovery, and to your general sense of wellbeing. With the proper sleep, you can experience the energy levels, the focus, and the restoration you need to seriously tackle the challenges of recovery. The problem is, insomnia and sleeplessness are common symptoms of those who deal with addiction or other mental health disorders. The question is, what can you do to improve your nightly sleep?
Sleep Better to Improve Your Recovery
Here are a few of our tips:
- Have a consistent bedtime. This may take some effort, but if you can maintain a regular pattern, going to sleep at the same time each night, that can help condition your brain to turn off at the right time. Getting up at the same time each morning helps, too.
- Develop a soothing bedtime routine. A warm bath, candles, a cup of milk, some time curled up with a good book—find something that truly relaxes you before you head to bed each evening.
- Exercise during the day. A little bit of physical activity during the day can help prepare your body and mind for rest. We would generally recommend that you avoid working out right before bed, as this can give you an energy boost that’s counterproductive.
- Go outside each day. A little bit of fresh air and sunshine, like physical activity, helps prepare your body and mind for a restful night’s sleep.
- Make your bedroom a soothing, tranquil place. Keeping your bedroom cool and dark, with comfy blankets and pillows, is another important step. Also, keep electronic devices as far from your bedroom as possible!
Make sleep a priority throughout your recovery; it may give you just what you need to tackle each day’s challenges!Reach out to Seacliff for more recovery resources!