Sleeping well is a crucial part of anyone’s day. Without a decent night’s sleep, it can feel like being run over by a Mack truck and being forced to wobble through the day bleary-eyed, waiting for the end of the day to finally crash into bed. Doing this day after day can exhaust the body’s resources, tax the mind, and actually, increase stress levels. Sleep quality is critical to rehab success. The key is to think about why sleep matters, how to get more (better) sleep, and hopefully be more successful in attaining much needed zzz’s that will help restore your body.
- Sleep deprivation goes hand-in-hand with addiction issues because insomnia plays a huge role in how you feel. If you are awake for long periods of time, due to being high or on drugs, it can cause you to feel impaired. Staying awake can cause hallucinations, also. These impairments may lead to inhibitions which may result in a relapse in recovery. Lack of sleep also contributes to worsening mental health symptoms, including:
- Emotional issues
- Frequent bouts of loneliness and sadness
To fight off cravings, you need proper rest and to advocate for yourself (or find support) to get better shut-eye as part of your healing journey. Sleep deprivation actually weakens willpower, which makes it harder to say no to so many things (and causes irritability). Make sleep a priority if you want to stay focused on recovery.
Drug use can make sleeping problems worse in many ways. Heavy drinking changes people’s circadian rhythms or the clock that is responsible for finding sleep. Although marijuana is medically distributed as a sleep aid, withdrawal can exacerbate insomniacs’ conditions. With help, people can often realign their sleep patterns and adjust to feeling better with the help of therapists and sleep aids.
Risk of Transfer Addiction
People with addiction who finish treatment risk new addictions. With sleep issues, they are susceptible to sleeping pill abuse. With prolonged withdrawal symptoms (PAWS), this can disrupt a person with an addiction’s sleep. People who self-medicate with sleeping pills may fall into addiction from them and not sleep unless they take them. People have often died from taking overdose amounts of the drugs without realizing because of the tolerance they build up over time. This transfer addiction can take over a person’s life so be careful about how much sleep aid is being taken and focus on healthy, natural sleep when possible. Always consult a doctor prior to using or taking drugs in any amounts.
The Last Resort is a place of healing for those in need. If you struggle with pain pills, opioids, benzos, alcohol, marijuana, sleeping pills, other drugs, or just need help to recalibrate after relapse, call us. We have therapists ready to assist you in making a plan that will set you free from addiction and get you on the right course again. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.