Getting Sleep During Recovery

Sleeping is crucial to your health no matter what you're going through. It is especially important during your recovery as well. You may have used your addiction in the past as a way to help you sleep more soundly. Now that you're on the road to recovery, you may be finding it quite hard to get to sleep and stay that way. A lack of rest can cause you to have more stress and difficulty during your recovery program. Here are a few ways you can help to make sure you get the sleep your body and mind so desperately need.

CBT Useful
One way you may find that helps you talking with your counselor about cognitive behavioral therapy. Using this method can help you to go over and understand the reasons why you're having trouble sleeping. They can also give you some tips on relaxation techniques to assist you in getting ready to go to sleep each night. They will assist in making sure you cover what can be causing you trouble such as the anxiety or stress you're dealing with. 

Make a Routine
One of the most important things to help babies, and adults, sleep is a routine each night. Make sure you set up a routine for your bedtime so that your body naturally knows it's time to go rest. Try to keep a steady bedtime and time that you get up each morning, even on the weekends. By getting your body in this routine you can make sure you're getting enough sleep. Make a routine that you go through each night about 30 minutes before bed. It could be the relaxation techniques you learned, a warm shower or something similar. Try not to drink any caffeine closer in the evening and make sure all lights and sounds are turned off or very low in your bedroom. It will all help your body's natural sleep mechanisms kick in. 

These are just a few things to help you get yourself on a regulated sleep pattern to make sure you're getting enough rest. Do you have any other tips to share that work for you to make sure you get sleep during this critical time in your life?

Reference
NA. "Sleep". Addiction.com. (Website).(2015).
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  • Thanks for this post, @FriendlyAdvice. Good sleep is one of the most important things for everyone. A lack of good sleep can mess up all aspects of your life. I used to suffer from insomnia and I'm all too familiar with the problems not sleeping can cause.
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