Early recovery is a time when we need to focus a lot of effort on forming healthy habits. This can include taking up an exercise regimen, getting on a healthy diet, and making sure we are getting enough sleep. Sleep in particular is vital to getting healthy and beginning the process of recovering from addiction.
A New Change in Lifestyle
When we were in active addiction or alcoholism, most of us formed very unhealthy sleeping habits, ranging to the extremes. Either we were up all night, not getting nearly enough sleep, or we existed in a constant stupor, sleeping around the clock and making our bodies dependent on drugs to sleep. These habits only served to worsen our physical and mental conditions, so that when we went to treatment or decided to get sober, we were in pretty bad shape. But what benefits does a regular and healthy sleep cycle have on the mind and body?
Impact of Sleep Deficiency
Sleep deficiency can have a wide range of physical, mental, and emotional effects, but specifically, not getting enough sleep can cause the following:
- Trouble making decisions and solving problems
- Difficulty controlling emotions and behavior
- Difficulty coping with change
- Higher rates of depression, suicide, and risk-taking behavior
- Increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke
- Immune system deficiencies
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In early sobriety, we need to make sure that we are taking care of our physical and mental health, so that we can begin to heal. Sleep is absolutely critical for a clear mindset and rational approach to recovery.