by Restorations Therapy Center on Thursday, July 16th, 2020
There are already many things we must balance when going through addiction recovery, including highly-scheduled days filled with stress and vulnerability that can all be very exhausting. Getting a good night of sleep can provide a person with the energy they need to truly make use of all the skills they are learning.
After all, knowing the most effective coping mechanisms only helps if someone has the energy and mindset to use them in practice. Sleep is very important in keeping us moving and motivated through recovery.
Getting a good night of sleep is difficult enough when someone is stressed out and going through a lot of change. Drinking large amounts of caffeine during recovery can not only worsen the anxieties of recovery but hinder the sleep cycle as well. Eating unhealthy meals can also have a negative effect on someone’s sleep schedule.
Using electronics before bed, such as watching a show while falling asleep or reading texts on a cell phone, also stimulates the brain too much to effectively get to sleep at a particular time. Avoiding these activities before bed not only leads to a healthier life overall, but also allows a person to get as much rest as possible during a challenging time.
Being ill-rested hinders a lot of other aspects of the recovery process. It can be difficult to raise one’s voice in group sessions while feeling exhausted, and it can be even more difficult to internalize the lessons and stories from the rest of the group as well. Lack of sleep can also cause the mind to wander or misinterpret words and actions — all at a time when clarity and focus are being rewarded and are necessary for a successful recovery.
One of the best ways to ensure that a person is getting enough sleep is to make it a part of their schedule as a whole, rather than going to bed just when they begin to feel tired. This may be difficult in the beginning, but setting a time to go to bed and shut down electronics will provide many benefits for a person’s overall sleep schedule.
The body may take time to adjust to its new schedule, but that just means that it is preparing itself for the long haul to finally get enough sleep. A sleep schedule not only ensures that a person is getting the sleep they need, but it also provides structure during a difficult time of change.
If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction and are ready to take the first step towards recovery, Restorations Therapy can help. There are many difficult changes that come with recovery, but we provide a safe space to explore those changes and emerge clean, sober, and ready to accomplish your own goals in life. For information about our programs and services, or to just talk to a professional, call Restorations Therapy today at (720) 446-6585.