Detox and recovery can impact the body in all different ways—and there can sometimes be some growing pains. Case in point: research reveals that a majority of those in alcohol recovery will deal with sleep disruptions in the weeks following their initial detox.
This is no small problem. When you don’t get enough sleep, it can impair your energy levels, your mood, and your ability to face each day’s new challenges. What’s more, many of the go-to products for beating insomnia are themselves habit-forming and not really ideal for those in recovery.
The good news is that there are ways to combat those sleepless nights without resorting to pharmaceuticals. Here are a few recommendations:
- Stick to a sleep schedule. Going to bed at the same time each night, and getting up at the same time each morning, can go a long way toward getting your internal rhythms back on track.
- Allow yourself at least an hour to relax before you get into bed—reading a book, enjoying a warm bath, working a puzzle, playing a game. Just don’t do anything on your computer or phone; the light from your electronic devices disrupts your sleep, and you need to give yourself time away from it before you hit the sack.
- Be mindful of your caffeine intake, and try not to drink any caffeinated beverages after noon or so.
- Spend some time writing in a journal before bed. Lay out all your worries and the things occupying headspace. Free yourself from your anxieties before climbing into bed.
- Try to get more exercise during the day—but not right before bed.
Put insomnia in its place—through healthy and natural methods. Getting good, solid sleep will do wonders for your recovery!Contact us today to learn more about addiction recovery.