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Try These 5 Tips to Beat Early Sobriety Insomnia

Try These 5 Tips to Beat Early Sobriety Insomnia

Drugs and alcohol impact the brain and body in many ways, including the brain’s neurochemistry. In addiction, the chemistry of the brain is thrown off, disrupting the body’s normal way of functioning. It takes time for people’s bodies to regain proper balance. One of the issues people have to deal with in early recovery is insomnia. Lack of sleep may trigger relapse, so it can help to have some tips for how to cope when insomnia strikes.

Catch Those Zzz’s

Those elusive slumber moments can feel like they will never come back after a while. Sometimes, a person gets so used to drinking until they fall asleep they don’t know how to get to bed without a drink. Generic advice on how to get, and stay, asleep are not very helpful, but are commonplace. Here are some tips that may be more helpful than just the average, everyday advice people may encounter:

  • Avoid caffeine. Don’t drink coffee at night may seem obvious but when people attend meetings at night for recovery, it can seem like the thing to do. The caffeine keeps people wired and antsy-the exact opposite of what is needed for a good night’s sleep.
  • Avoid difficult conversations before bed. After going out to a meeting or being with friends, it is probably not the best time to be going over some difficult things that get the brain worked up. Stressful or emotional conversations get the brain running in high gear, making it difficult to calm down and fall asleep.
  • Turn off the phone. Many people build large support networks early on in sobriety, which is amazing. People do not want to wake up to phone calls, and it disrupts sleep, not to mention is quite annoying. Try to put it in airplane mode and on the nightstand, away from arm’s reach.
  • Find the zen. Do some calming reading before bed. Recovery reading, like meditations, are helpful. Figure out what helps get into a zen place and try that for awhile.
  • Don’t eat lots of sugar. It is hard to stay away since sugar is in absolutely everything, it seems, but there are some pretty obvious choices: soda, sugary foods and cereals, sweets and pastries. These things can mess with mood and sleep patterns. Try some fruit for a sweet, healthy treat, instead.

Sometimes insomnia is linked to other, bigger issues, in recovery. Sometimes, it is just a fact of life that will pass in time. Trying some different things like the above tips can be helpful, but if it becomes a problem that is ongoing, it may help to figure things out with a treating physician or therapist.

Recovery is hard, but it doesn’t have to feel impossible to navigate. We are here to help you with tailored programs and services designed with detox and recovery in mind. We will help you navigate it medically, emotionally, and spiritually with professionals on staff ready to assist you. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401