Coping with Insomnia in Recovery
Recovery is about finding freedom from addiction—but it’s also about taking a broader, all-encompassing view of your health. As you make your way down the road to recovery, you should focus on mental, physical, and spiritual health in equal measure.
One important part of this is sleep. Your body and mind need sleep—roughly eight hours a night of good, deep sleep—to recharge. Without sufficient sleep, you won’t have the strength or the positivity to face the rigors of everyday life, much less life in recovery.
Unfortunately, many people experience sleep problems in the early days of recovery. Insomnia is a common side effect of detox and withdrawal, whereas the return to regular, restful sleeping patterns is one of the clearest signs that your treatment is working.
But until that return to regular, restful sleep occurs, there are some steps you can take to stave off insomnia. Here are some of our top recommendations:
- Make sure you have a comfortable place to sleep—a bedroom that’s dark and cool, and pajamas that are loose and comfy.
- Stick to a sleeping schedule. Make an effort to go to bed at the same time each night, and wake up at the same time each morning.
- Disconnect from your phone, laptop, or tablet at least an hour before bedtime. If at all possible, don’t keep these devices in your bedroom.
- Do something to relax before bed—like a hot bath, some gentle yoga poses, or simply curling up with a book.
- If at all possible, try to get some exercise during the day. Even a little bit of physical exertion can make you ready for bed in the evenings.
Time and clinical treatment will help you get your sleeping schedule back on track—and in the meantime, we hope these tips will be helpful.