Sleep And Addiction Recovery

In my last blog, we briefly discussed the important role of sleep in addiction recovery. In this edition we are going to look deeper into this topic.

Sleep is critical to physical and emotional health. Disrupted sleep patterns can initiate and exacerbate underlying mood, cognition, and attention problems. We all know how poorly we feel after a restless night’s sleep. Not feeling refreshed in the morning almost always results in a less than productive day, and generally feeling bad, both emotionally and physically.

Many things can negatively effect a good night’s sleep; stress, caffeine, worrying, physical pain, jet lag, shift work, snoring partner and many others. Drug and alcohol use/abuse can dramatically effect sleep, both from intoxication and withdrawal. Many drugs of abuse, including cocaine continue to adversely effect restful sleep for many months even after being clean and sober. Sleep involves complicated brain functioning, and is necessary for normal recovery. Although sleep aides can help in the short term, a few nights to a week, long-term use can also negatively impact sleep. For this reason, sleeping medications should be used sparingly, and with caution, especially when in recovery. Always consult with your doctor in the appropriate use of these medications.