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Keeping a Sleep Journal for Better Healing

by on Sunday, August 16th, 2020

Keeping a Sleep Journal for Better Healing

Many people recovering from substance abuse bear the constant burden of sleep disorders. In fact, those that are currently in the brace of addiction are five to ten times more likely to suffer from a sleep disorder. Alcohol and opioid addicts are especially more at risk to have sleep disruptions.

Keeping a sleep journal can help you monitor your sleep habits in recovery. Noticing patterns and working with a specialist can help you progress in your recovery.

Sleep & Addiction

Individuals dealing with addiction or withdrawal can suffer from sleep disorders. Not getting enough sleep can cause the recovery process to stagnate, as a lack of sleep results in poor moods, impulsivity, low energy, and other negative consequences. All of these side effects put the individual more at risk for relapse.

It can be hard to deal with sleep disruptions as addicts or recovering addicts cannot take sleep medications. First, because of their addictive nature, recovering addicts should not begin to rely on any type of medication. Also, they should not take sleep medications due to the possible contraindications that can cause severe injury or even death.

What Is a Sleep Journal?

A sleep journal is a written record of a person’s sleeping habits and patterns. Sleep journals help doctors diagnose sleep disorders and can help you change certain aspects of your routine for a more pleasant sleeping experience.

By identifying what is keeping you awake and exposing those patterns that hinder your sleep, you can begin to sleeping more soundly as you make adjustments.

It is recommended for you to start keeping a sleep journal for at least one week, but two weeks is even better. With more a more detailed record of your sleeping habits, you can more effectively discuss the results with your therapist or doctor.

How to Keep a Sleep Journal

The following points are the categories you should record in your sleep journal. Create a chart in your journal containing spaces for:

  • Your sleep schedule (this includes the time you went to bed and the time you woke up)
  • How long you were asleep and how soundly you slept
  • If you were awake during the night (and when, if applicable)
  • If you drank any alcohol/ caffeine during the day (when/how much)
  • What you ate/drank and when
  • If you are experiencing stress or other strong emotions
  • If any drugs/medications were taken
  • If and when you exercised

Sleep can be difficult for those in the midst of addiction or recovery from addiction. Proper sleep gives your body the tools to advance your recovery each day. Stable moods and blood sugar, high energy, and rational thinking can aid your recovery in incredible ways. If you are experiencing sleep disruptions, reach out to a specialist to see how you may improve your situation. At Restorations Therapy, you can take charge of you and your recovery journey. Contact us today at (720) 446-6585.

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