Substance Abuse and Sleep Issues: When One Disease Creates Another

Sleep is a critical part of your daily function; you literally need sleep to stay alive. Sleep helps your brain and body rest, heal, and reset so they can function at their maximum potential. A big indicator of how you feel every day is determined by the quality of the sleep you are getting each night. Drug and alcohol use severely disrupts natural sleep patterns, and lack of sleep can contribute to a lot of physical and mental damage. Detox Boca is a detox center in Boca Raton that shares the connections between sleep and addiction with patients.

What is caused by sleep deficiency?

Sleep deficiency invites many health risks, including increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease and stroke. Lack of sleep also contributes to suffering cognitive abilities; when your body doesn’t get adequate, restorative sleep, it creates a sort of “fog” in your thinking that results in a depressed mood, anxiety, and poor control of your emotions and thoughts. The amount of sleep you are or are not getting directly correlates with how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others.

Why do issues with sleep and addiction go hand in hand? 

Lack of sleep and addiction are often working together in situations to send someone into a state of distress. Inviting toxic substances into your body through drugs and alcohol are disrupting the natural function of your brain and body, since they are full of brain altering chemicals.

Consuming alcohol may seem to have sleep inducing effects, but ultimately it disrupts your circadian rhythm (which influences your sleep/wake cycle). Drinking alcohol leads to poor quality of sleep resulting in daytime fatigue. Using certain drugs such as cocaine and meth will increase alertness and energy levels, which will undoubtedly keep you awake longer than you should be. Many times, people continue use of their addiction to assist in sleeping. Disrupting this natural sleep/wake cycle can throw you into a vicious cycle of being unable to sleep, then using your addiction to fall asleep. The cycle will not break until you seek treatment.

How much sleep should you be getting?

According to the National Sleep Foundation, healthy adults ranging from 18 years to 65 years old should be getting 7-9 hours of sleep every night.

Insomnia or disturbed sleep patterns may occur in the early stages of withdrawal and detoxification, as your body must retrain itself how to sleep without the assistance of a harmful toxin. Understanding the connection between sleep and addiction is important when working towards your sobriety and restfulness. At Detox Boca, we help you break free from your addiction and develop healthier habits that will benefit your life on a daily basis. Not only will you no longer rely on a crutch of addictive substances for sleep, but you will experience deeper more revitalizing sleep.

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