“It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.”
Sleep can be one of the best medicines for our bodies. Each night is a gift that we can cherish and treat as sacred. When we sleep, we wind down and set no expectations for ourselves except to relax and dream. However, many of us do not get enough sleep or, more accurately, enough restful sleep. When we are in recovery from addiction, our sleep cycles may need time to adjust. We might even be surprised at how little we were sleeping or resting before treatment!
As you sleep, your brain and your body get the chance to revitalize themselves. Brain chemicals can become replenished during sleep. Bodily damage or daily “wear and tear” can be repaired during sleep. Your heart rate slows down, and everything in your body takes a “time-out.” Sleep is different from conscious rest and relaxation. Your body will enter a state of “hibernation” for hours as you get ready to take on a new day.
Drugs and alcohol can impact the overall quality of our sleep. We might use stimulants and struggle to relax and get the deep, restorative sleep we need. Sedatives, like alcohol, can be deceiving. Alcohol may make us feel relaxed or provide the illusion that we are sleeping better, while the alcohol is really prohibiting the sleep cycle from occurring at its maximum capacity. During early recovery and detox, maintaining your physical health is paramount to success. We need all the strength we can get to build our resiliency. Keep the following tips in mind to set up your “sleep space” for a restful night of sleep:
Treat sleep like the gift that it is. During recovery, you might have issues getting into a new sleep routine. Remember that you are retraining your mind and your body to engage in healthy habits. At first, you might struggle to stick to a schedule and routine; however, the sooner you adapt to a routine, the sooner you will begin to feel the benefits of a good night’s rest. Introduce other healthy habits, like exercising, drinking plenty of water, and having healthy, nutritional meals into your daily schedule. These practices can further enhance your body’s ability to gain the therapeutic benefits of sleep. Change your sleeping habits to increase your likelihood of success in recovery!
Getting a good night’s rest and adequate sleep can help you during your treatment for addiction. When using drugs or alcohol, you might not be getting the restful and restorative sleep that your body needs. As you detox in early recovery, be sure to improve your sleep habits to maximize your strength and resiliency throughout your treatment. You might be surprised at how much of an impact sleep has on your mood and outlook! Create a space for sleeping that makes you feel peaceful. Minimize distractions and dedicate your time to yourself for rest. Find peaceful activities to calm yourself down before going to bed and limit phone usage before going to sleep. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction and need help, The Kimberly Center is here for you. We offer treatment in a peaceful and calm resort-like atmosphere. Call our staff today at (855) 452-3683.