Sleep and Addiction Recovery: How to Catch Some Zs

Drugs and alcohol can have a weird effect on your body.

The most obvious ones are associated with the actual high and the desired effects, but do not forget about the dreaded withdrawal symptoms and the less expected side effects. Many people are ignorant of the relationship between sleep and drug abuse as well as sleep and addiction recovery, but if you are an addict or a recovering one, you are probably well aware of this connection.

Addiction-Related Sleep Problems and How to Combat Them

At Seaside Palm Beach, we know all about sleep and addiction recovery and see some of our patients tossing and turning at night.  While many may experience insomnia before ever stepping into our front doors, sleep in addiction recovery is often lacking in quality as well. In fact, insomnia is five times higher in early addiction recovery than for the average person.1 In order to improve your sleep during addiction recovery, our treatment center has a few tips.

  • Take time to unwind. The last thing you want to do before trying to get a good night’s sleep is load up on caffeine or get your heart rate pumping. Instead, spend an hour or so before bed unwinding. This process may include activities like a warm bath, meditation and mindfulness, prayer, or journaling. By slowing down before it is time to sleep, you should find yourself more tired come bedtime.
  • Focus on your health outside of just sleep. Routine exercise and a healthy diet are important factors in sleep quality. Food high in sugars may lower sleep quality2 and even moderate aerobic exercise can result in a more deep sleep.3 Our holistic addiction treatment in South Florida includes helping patients form these healthy habits.
  • Combat light and sound. Set yourself up for a good night’s rest by eliminating the amount of light and noise in your bedroom. This means avoiding electronics before bed and may include earplugs and an eye mask.
  • Create a bedtime routine. During your time in rehab, you will learn the importance of establishing a healthy routine, and bedtime should be no exception. Go to sleep around the same time each night and stick to the same routine. By doing so, your body will learn more quickly that it is time for bed, and you should be able to fall asleep faster.
  • Choose the right addiction treatment center. Some addiction rehabs are simply nicer than others, including the bed quality. As a Florida luxury rehab, you can rest easy knowing that your mattress will not be lumpy, stained, or unbearably uncomfortable.

If you haven’t started an addiction treatment program yet, do not wait any longer. Our Florida addiction rehab may be able to help you get your life back. We will be there to support you through every sleepless night and every mental struggle. To learn more about our high-end facility, call us today at 561-677-9374.



  1. Journal of Addiction Medicine – An Evidence-Based Review of Insomnia Treatment in Early Recovery
  2. US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health – Fiber and Saturated Fat Are Associated with Sleep Arousals and Slow Wave Sleep
  3. John Hopkins Medicine – Exercising for Better Sleep

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