Problems with sleep are common among individuals in recovery, as the body goes through a restorative process.

Sleep has been shown to be important in the following ways:

  • Better decision making and focus. 
  • Impact eating behaviors.
  • Reduce feelings of depression.
  • Increase ability to manage stress.
  • Decrease risk of additional chronic health conditions.

Effects of Substance Use on Sleep include:

  • Decreased length of sleep.
  • Decreased quality of sleep.
  • Inability to sleep when tired.
  • Sleeping in unsafe areas.
  • Sleeping more than intended.

Work-Life Balance Routines

Implement work life balance routines that allow for adequate and quality sleep.

For example:

  • Limit after-hours work-related activities. 
  • Prioritize quality time with family.
  • Create routines that support 7-9 hours of sleep per night.

Holistic Health Practices

Implement holistic health practices in your own life that positively impact sleep.

For example:

  • Consider integrating a yoga, meditation, or spirituality-based practice into your daily or weekly routine.
  • Develop healthy rituals around bedtime, including darkening your room, decreasing screen time, and lowering your room temperature.