When you are going through recovery, you are going to struggle with a lot of emotional and physical discomfort. Your body will experience symptoms of withdrawal, and you’ll be dealing with a lot of emotions that the drugs or alcohol had previously dulled. You may also feel scared, ashamed, or guilty as you are processing your feelings around your addiction.
Getting a good night’s sleep regularly can help you feel stronger, both physically and emotionally, so that you are better able to deal with the challenges of your Arizona addiction treatment. But you might find it hard to get good rest when you are dealing with so much.
Here are six sleeping hacks that can help you get a better night’s rest in recovery:
You need to retrain your body. Heavy drinking or drug use has likely messed up your wake and sleep times. You may have spent long nights awake and long days sleeping it all off. Now, you need to train your body sleep and wake at healthy times.
Set a schedule for yourself, and stick to it. Make yourself go to bed each night at the same time, even if you can’t go to sleep. Wake up at the same time, even if you are very tired. Eventually, your body will get used to the schedule, and it will sleep and wake just when you want it to. Just be careful to avoid napping so you don’t mess up the schedule!
Light can cue your body to be alert and awake. You should avoid as much light as possible before you go to bed, including overhead lights and the lights from electronics like the television, your computer, or your phone. At the very least, you should avoid the light from electronics.
Try to start cutting things off about an hour to two hours before you go to bed. You can settle your mind by reading a book or doing some other light activity.
You need to create a welcoming sleeping space for yourself to get the best sleep you can. You should have a comfortable bed with bedding that is both comfortable and that keeps you at the right temperature for your best sleep.
Put other items around that will make your sleep as good as possible. Hang up light-blocking curtains, put out a white noise machine to soothe you to sleep, or wear a sleeping mask. Do what feels best for you.
Regular exercise can help to dissipate stress and anxiety that can make it harder for you to sleep. Exercise also regulates your energy levels, helping you to feel more alert during the day and to sleep more deeply at night.
Make sure you are getting regular exercise. You don’t have to be an Iron Man, but you can get the benefits of exercise just by walking or doing other light activity four or five days a week.
Caffeine is a stimulant. Whether you are drinking it in the afternoon or just before you go to bed, it can make your mind and your body more alert when you are trying to sleep.
If you are having trouble sleeping, try cutting back on your caffeine intake. If you must drink caffeine, limit it to the morning. If you can, cut it out completely.
Acupuncture can help to relieve stress and anxiety that can sabotage your sleep. Acupuncture can also help your body to produce melatonin, which helps your body to sleep and to sleep more deeply. If you are having trouble sleeping, try getting acupuncture and see if that helps.
Good sleep is essential to good health. Good sleep becomes especially important when you are going through Arizona addiction treatment and trying to create a sober and healthy lifestyle. Follow these tips to help yourself get a better night’s sleep, and you’ll feel stronger and more ready to face the challenges ahead of you.
Call Corebella Health and Wellness if you are ready to get sober and get the addiction treatment you need. We offer a variety of treatment options, as well as individual and group addiction counseling, suboxone therapy, and wellness services. We offer services throughout Tempe, Glendale, and Scottsdale. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.