Sleep is essential for our bodies to function properly, and can have a range of negative impacts on the body if we don’t get enough. For those people in recovery, you are already altering what your body is demanding from you, and then what your mind is demanding from you. You will already be exhausted, so getting enough sleep is going to be vital.
Set A Bedtime Routine
The first thing that you should try is setting a bedtime routine. If every night before you go to bed, you go through the same routine and then get into bed to go to sleep, your brain will start to associate this process with sleep. This can be as simple as brushing your teeth, putting your PJ’s on, having a glass of water and getting into bed, or as complex as an entire skin care routine, complete with a shower, brushing your teeth etc.
Try to go to bed around the same time every day in order to keep the routine consistent. Ensure that you follow this on a daily basis as much as you can, and this should aid you in getting to sleep better.
Remove Electronics From Your Bedroom
Whether you hear it or not, the constant buzzing or pinging of your phone or other electronics will be disturbing your sleep. Even if it’s just on a mild level, you need to be getting as much rest as you can which is why this isn’t good for you. Instead of having an interrupted sleep, you should remove all electronics such as your phone and tablet from your bedroom. You cannot be distrubed by the vibrations or the blue light if they are not in the room.
Only Get Into Bed To Sleep
Your bed is there to sleep in and you should only be using it to sleep in. You should not be getting into bed in the middle of the day to watch TV for example, as this sends the wrong signals to your brain. Ideally, you shouldn’t nap in your bed either as your brain may start to wake you up more frequently throughout the night.
Why This Is Important
For people in recovery, sleep is more important than ever. Research has shown that insufficient sleep is linked closely with poor self control, which could lead you to make destructive choices. As such, recovering addicts need to ensure that they are getting enough sleep so that they can make the best choices possible for their life.
It is also true that the more sleep you are able to get, the less stressed you are likely to be. Stress can be a major trigger for a lot of people who are in recovery, so you need to avoid this as much as possible.
At Grand Falls Addiction Treatment Center, we are here to ensure that you get the best help possible. If you or your loved one are struggling with addiction, or struggling with their recovery, get in touch with us today.