When stressed, your body needs additional sleep and rest.
Insomnia has become an important concern in 21st century life. For recovering alcoholics and addicts – sleep is critical. But for those in recovery, sleep can be elusive, at best.
Most individuals in recovery have encounters with insomnia. For some individuals, insomnia can even be a trigger for a relapse.
Insomnia can actually get worse in early recovery.
Addiction Recovery: Managing Anxiety and Re-setting Circadian Rhythms
For those in recovery from alcohol and substance abuse, managing anxiety is a key component. The sudden withdrawal of an addictive chemical upsets the body’s chemical balance and circadian rhythm.
The result? intense anxiety. Stress reduction through mindfulness and meditation can be key to managing anxiety in addiction recovery.
Circadian rhythm is approximately a 24 hour cycle used in the physiological processes of living beings. Circadian rhythms are present in humans; also in plants, animals, fungi and cyanobacteria.
Although anyone can sometimes experience insomnia and disturbances in circadian rhythms due to stress.
Tips for Good Sleep
Sleep in a cool room. A new NIH study indicates there may be an easy way to get good sleep and increase the benefits of sleep: lower the thermostat. Cooler bedrooms subtly transform a person’s stores of brown fat — “good fat” — and positively alter energy expenditure and metabolic health into daylight hours. Try using air conditioning, an open window or additional fan to keep the bedroom cooler.
Make sure your bedroom is quiet and dark. Noise and light can interfere with sleep. Try using a sound machine or earplugs to hide outside noise and blackout curtains or a sleep mask to block out light.
Avoid stimulating activity and stressful situations before bedtime. This includes vigorous exercise, big discussions or arguments, or catching up on work. Focus on quiet, soothing activities before bedtime; such as reading or listening to soft music. Turn lights to a lower setting.
Practicing mindfulness and meditation before sleep can be very helpful in falling asleep peacefully – and staying asleep. An added benefit to practicing mindfulness: recent studies have shown that mindfulness actually reduces chronic pain.
We use a multi-disciplinary addiction treatment approach implemented by licensed professionals. The Arrowhead Lodge Recovery Staff includes a Physician-Addictionologist, Addiction Psychiatrist, Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Registered Nurse, several Licensed Therapists, and an addiction Nutritionist.