So many people who struggle with drug and alcohol addiction have a dual-diagnosis. Depression and Anxiety drive people with addiction to drugs or alcohol and and then their addiction drives them back to feeling depressed and anxious. All of this can lead to some pretty intense insomnia.
You’ve been there, right? You go to bed at the normal time, maybe 10pm? You lay there, take your deep breaths, think good thoughts. You can feel the minutes, the seconds ticking by. You become impatient. You think, “I’m an adult, I should know how to go to sleep.” You turn over, hug a pillow, think about tomorrow, look at the clock. The cycle continues. You wake up in the morning having slept for three or four hours, if at all.
Don’t be hard on yourself. Your dual-diagnosis leads to insomnia. The best thing you can do is track your behaviors and the different ways you try to cope with it. Pay attention to what causes your mind to speed up or your body to become restless. Write it down and track it if you find a good solution one night. Then write it down if it doesn’t work. Track nightly for a while and you’ll begin to see trends in working solutions and ideas that aren’t helping you.
Have a Schedule
If you have kids you know that bedtime schedules are not a thing to be trifled with. You know that if you are very careful to stick to the schedule it can help your child’s body to naturally wind down and there’s a better chance that they will sleep peacefully more quickly. This is not just good for children. A schedule before bed can really make all the difference in the world. You should do at least these things during that schedule: 1. Put your screen down. Staring at a screen before bed can make you less likely to get a good night sleep. 2. Tend to your hygiene. If you spend some time caring for your body before bed, you’re more likely to be relaxed and comfortable in bed. 3. Consider drinking a hot caffeine free beverage before bed. If you’re not one for warm milk, try warm herbal tea.
There are more solutions. These are just a few. If you’re suffering from insomnia and you are struggling with alcohol addiction or drug addiction, contact us at (855) 441-2449 to talk about our drug rehab centers in south florida. Our detox facilities in south florida are some of the top treatment facilities in florida. Sleeplessness can be brutal. Get help for your addiction and mental health today and you’ll be on the path to sober living and restful sleep.