Natural Ways to Deal with Insomnia in Sobriety

“Sleep is the golden chain that binds health and our bodies together” or so a man by the name of Thomas Dekker said. More often than it should, many of us go through our long productive day of what not’s and right as it’s time to sneak under the covers and relax- our minds start racing 100 miles an hour. It’s definitely true that too much sleep can be unhealthy for the body and mind, but then again, so is not getting enough of it. Spending our time dreaming away is like everything else in life, a balance has to be maintained for maximum efficiency.  Our mind and bodies require it to continue at a rational state day end and day out.

When insomnia in sobriety is dumped into the mix, it can catch even the most alert and self-aware of people off guard. It’s one thing when you have a sleep deprived person while they’re in active addiction- they’re thoughts are already deranged and in a different reality. Then we initiate the lack of sleep and recovery equation. This is another ball game entirely, but there are methods for fighting it and joining sides with Mr. Sandman.

Teach Me How to Sleep

Being sleepless can be fun to an extent, but for only so long. I was notorious for staying up all night, getting a few hours of sleep, and then starting over and repeating the next day. It’s one thing to be a feverish night owl like myself, but when you have the actual sleeping disorder- it can be a bit tougher to lay your head on a pillow  and conch out for the evening. We all know that skipping out on a decent slumber will put us in a hazy almost weakened state the following day. Our minds don’t process things at an up to par speed, and physically we are heavier to the ground. Just like the precious smartphone glued to our hands, we too must recharge.

The thing with insomnia in sobriety is that a lot of the time, we do it to ourselves. Much of the time, (in milder cases), the lack of sleep is due to something in our routines or our general diet. I believe it’s natural for a lot of addicts and alcoholics to latch onto something once they get sober and much of the time, caffeine and nicotine make their availability very prevalent. How often is it that you see somebody at an Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous meeting with a red bull or cup of coffee glued to their hand? Bingo. Right there is a simpler solution than meets the eye. When we enter recovery, we can’t just ingest things all willy-nilly like we did when we were actively using. Watching the clock and paying attention to when that pre-workout mix or 5 Hour Energy was taken becomes of vital importance. Caffeine and nicotine each play a gargantuan role in our overall health and sleeping patterns. They affect blood flow and are both mood altering substances. As the night progresses, it is wise to slow the consumption of both these things for they will decrease the chances of your eyes staying shut.

woman in bed suffering from insomnia

Then there are those of us who deal with the sleep issues even when consumption of caffeine becomes heavily regulated.  It starts to boil down essentially to the fact that having less sleep will cause us to be more prone to making bad decisions. One of those bad decisions becomes going to bed later and later- thus creating a warped revolving door that we get sucked into. Our minds start working at half capacity toward outside stimuli, that and our body is out of sync. This is not ideal, so we look for what can be done to help said problem. Insomnia in sobriety obviously limits the idea of taking different sleeping pills. There are a few that are acceptable in the realms of recovery, but even those skate on the thin line of highly debatable. My take would be that taking sleeping pills is more suitable during earlier recovery. Once an adequate amount of time begins to establish itself, there should be other methods used over pharmaceuticals.

One technique that I particularly favor to battle insomnia in sobriety is deep breathing and the meditative response that comes with it. Taking the time to put the world on pause and almost mentally counting sheep with your breath doing all the work. The deep rooted and consistent inhales and exhales help to unwind the brain waves running rampantly through our thick sleepless skulls. This increases blood flow in certain areas of the brain and allows everything to center. As more oxygen is delivered one full breath at a time. Drawing in a deep gasp of air and counting with it as you release it slowly out your lungs. This breath work will relax you while being synonymous with finding your soul.

Then there are other methods such as certain foods or teas even. A very commonly overlooked concept is what we’re putting into our bodies. I’m not necessarily referring to having the healthiest of diets either, but having an even balance of vitamins and healthy products entering your body every day. We deprive ourselves of the herbs and nutrients our body craves for energy. Often times we eat garbage or microwave food because of convenience. Taking the time to go back to our roots and feeding our bodies what they crave can make a world of difference.

At the end of the day, it’s about being open-minded and trying different suggestions whether they seem imperative or not. Try a new diet. Listen to some soothing music. Take a long bath. Workout and exhaust yourself earlier in the day. Count sheep or dragons- the options are unlimited when your properly plan for your insomnia in sobriety that is soon to follow.  

Sleep is the Cousin of Death

Sleep is not for the weak, it’s required for us to think sensibly. More cases than not, we end up on social media staying up way past our bedtimes. Day after day of this can wear even the strongest down. If you or a loved one has been struggling with getting a firm grasp on sobriety and need detoxification, please call 1-877-978-3125 or visit www.coastaldetox.com. Our teams of specialists are waiting by to help figure out what options are best for sending your life is a comfortable direction that you can proudly stand behind.

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  • Before coming to coastal I was hopeless, helpless, and my family wanted nothing to do with me. It wasn’t the first detox I’d ever been to, but it was the only one who showed me so much love and compassion. They gave me hope. It’s hard to put into words the amount of gratitude I have for this facility. The employees were my family when I had none. The staff went out of their way to make sure not only were my physical needs taken care of, but my emotional needs as well. From the first phone call prior to admission, to helping me set up continuing care, they never missed a beat. Even going as far as to help me with my legal issues via Zoom court. This isn’t just a detox, they are the family I never had. All of the techs, especially Karen, are phenomenal. They will take the time to listen to you, laugh, and cry(if needed) with you. If you are reading this and you or your loved one is suffering like I was, go to Coastal Detox. The level of care is more than I could ever put into a review. It wasn’t the first detox I’d been to, but it has been my last; I owe them everything I have today, including my life.

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    12/07/2020
  • Had a really good experience at Coastal. The staff really went above and beyond in helping me get in and gave me the respect l, space and care I needed after I first got there. As I started to fell better they encouraged me to take part in groups which helped get me out of my head and bring positivity and health to my thinking. They had a great massage therapist, who came daily and it was evident the nursing staff genuinely cared. Got to know some of the staff as well and I’m grateful for the cooks Joe and Chris. Those guys literally made us sirloins and pork chops for dinner. Also I gotta thank Chris and Chris for helping me get in and setting me up with a transition plan. Real grateful for that help, I’m not sure if it’s management intention to hire guys named Chris but they got a good thing going there. Overall, I’m clean and sober today and walking it out. Coastal gave me a base that set me up for the success that I’m walking in today

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    1/16/2020
  • My family is very thankful for Coastal Detox. They have went above and beyond for my son a few times. Unfortunately he has needed their help more than once and they have ever turned their back on him, even when he was at his worst. Jeannie and Chris have been amazing and kept me informed through the entire process. They truly care about the addict and want to help them especially when it would be easy to give up on them. I had many detox facilities be rude and uncaring to me when I was searching for help for my son, but Coastal never did that to us. I don't know the names of all the team members that have helped my son but I know their are many and y'all are angels!! One day we will be able to pay it forward and help someone as you have helped us. Thank you for all you do!!

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    1/01/2020
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
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    11/13/2019
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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    11/06/2019

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