Insomnia among recovering addicts is estimated to be five times higher than it is among the general population.
The insomnia itself then creates a higher risk of relapse, so this is a cycle you’ll want to break if you have just entered sobriety. Although the insomnia may last several months, it is most common during the early stages of recovery and then improves over time. Study sleep schedules closely and get into a healthy routine to improve your chances of staying sober and living happily.
What is Withdrawal Insomnia?
Drugs, including alcohol, cause health problems, which you may imagine will be alleviated when the user stops taking these substances. However, if you are addicted, then you will experience withdrawal symptoms. One of these symptoms may be a difficulty in sleeping. This is likely because your body goes into survival mode when it is deprived of the substance it is dependent on. Once that craving is fulfilled, sleeping becomes much easier. It may also be the case that you have always had an underlying sleep condition, but your use of a drug masked the symptoms.
Improve Your Sleep to Stay Sober
Sleep is considered as important as diet and exercise as a pillar of health. It enables you to maintain focus and therefore willpower throughout the day. People who lack sleep are more likely to make mistakes or turn to a substance which can perk them up as their energy levels drop. It is therefore essential to take control of your sleep schedule in order to stay sober for life.
Returning to Your Body’s Natural Sleep Cycle
To defeat withdrawal insomnia and beat your addiction for good, become an expert in the world of sleep. Cut out other addictive substances such as caffeine and sugar close to bedtime so that you can get into a regular routine. This will reset your body clock, allowing you to sleep and wake in a natural rhythm with your body’s requirements. Create a space which is dark, quiet and relaxing. Also remember to switch off electronics before bed to create a distraction-free space and increase your body’s production of melatonin.
Withdrawal insomnia is a common symptom of getting clean. It means that your body is purging the substance from your system and it is a time to be strong and get into healthy sleep habits.
From the moment you wake up, think about which actions you can take to ensure a proper night’s rest. If you can beat insomnia, then you have a good chance of achieving lifelong sobriety.
This article was kindly written and contributed by Chrissy Jones.