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Getting a good night’s sleep is a priority at our detox center in Florida

One in three Americans don’t get enough sleep, according to the Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.  Adults, they say, should be getting at least seven hours of sleep every night.

For those going through drug or alcohol addiction detox, the numbers may be even higher. “Dealing with insomnia or a disturbed sleep pattern in early recovery from a substance abuse disorder (SUD) is very common — and it may even increase your risk for relapse, according to a study in the Journal of Addiction Medicine  that found the incidence of insomnia five times higher in people in recovery than in the general population,” the website Addiction.com reports.

“Substance use can exacerbate sleep difficulties, which in turn present a risk factor for substance use or relapse to use,” the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) says. “The types of sleep problems vary by substance used and can include insomnia, sleep latency (the time it takes to fall asleep), disturbances in sleep cycles and sleep continuity, or hypersomnia (excessive daytime sleepiness).”

“There are a number of reasons why addiction and sleep problems are often unpleasant bedfellows,” Addiction.com says. “For one, you’ve likely become accustomed to using your addiction as a sleep aid; for instance, maybe you turned to a nightcap, joint or masturbation to lull you to sleep. Addiction is also known to disrupt your body’s circadian rhythms, again making it difficult to fall (or stay) asleep without preferred drug or behavior.”

Of course, many of those that have turned to Florida’s rehab centers are stressed out. they may be anxious about the withdrawal symptoms they may be about to experience or about their ability to stay clean in the days and weeks ahead.  Depression is also common among those in alcohol or drug addiction treatment.

On top of that, many of those in need of Florida’s detox centers often engage in other behaviors that interfere with getting a good night’s rest.  “You may be practicing what sleep experts call ‘poor sleep hygiene,’ or unhealthy habits like smoking (nicotine is a stimulant; even one pack a day can lead to 24 minutes of lost sleep each night) or drinking caffeine late in the day (a caffeine buzz can take up to 14 hours to wear off completely),” Addiction.com explains.

To help you get more of the sleep your body and mind crave, the Centers for Disease Control recommend that you develop the following habits”

  • Be consistent. Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, including on the weekends.
  • Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, relaxing, and at a comfortable temperature.
  • Remove electronic devices, such as TVs, computers, and smart phones, from the bedroom.
  • Avoid large meals, caffeine, and alcohol before bedtime.
  • Avoid tobacco/nicotine.
  • Get some exercise. Being physically active during the day can help you fall asleep more easily at night.

“Getting enough sleep is important, but good sleep quality is also essential,” the experts at the CDC say. “Signs of poor sleep quality include feeling sleepy or tired even after getting enough sleep, repeatedly waking up during the night, and having symptoms of sleep disorders (such as snoring or gasping for air).”

Developing better sleep hygiene, as the CDC recommends, is the first step toward increasing the number of hours you spend sleeping and improving the quality of the sleep you are getting.  Meditation, yoga and some of the other innovative therapies offered at Spring Gardens luxury detox center in Florida may also help you get a good night’s rest as will the exclusive comforts and peaceful atmosphere you’ll find at our residential treatment facility.

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