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Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired?

Slipping into Slumber is a Necessity

Feeling tired?  First of all–If you aren’t getting enough sleep at night, you’re letting waste products build up in your brain. 


Secondly, “Slipping into slumber is a necessity”.  Dr. Vyga Kaufmann speaks on the advantages CBT (that is, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) has in treating insomnia, and the relation of sleep to addictive substances.

“In the long-run, CBT is the best method for addressing Insomnia…far better than taking medications.

Addiction, Recovery, and Sleep

When we feel tired, most Americans tend to simply accept poor sleeping habits as a part of adult life.  If healthy sleeping habits are rare in most of us, how do those in recovery fare?


Just as Holistic Psychotherapist Dr. Teralyn Sell puts it, “First of all:  Individuals–particularly those in early recovery–struggle tremendously with sleep.  The addiction causes poor sleep patterns interrupting the sleep/wake cycle. “

Addictionologists and sleep scientists agree with Dr. Sell, as well.

Finally, she stresses the importance of proper sleep hygiene: Establishing night time routines and a proper sleep environment.  She also suggests meditative breathing as a go-to coping skill to quiet the mind at night.  “Second most important thing to remember:  Sleep requires a holistic approach, as does addiction recovery.”

Teralyn Sell, PhD

In conclusion, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration reports that sleep complications occur frequently in individuals suffering from a substance abuse disorder.  Sleeping problems can occur during withdrawal, but they can also last months and years into recovery and can be associated with relapse to substance use. 

This next, latest SAMHSA briefing summarizes the importance of building support team, and is a great resource on non-pharmaceutical treatments.  It summarizes the basics of sleep-hygiene as well.

tired sleep

This article is part of a series of posts portraying what recovery looks like in everyday life.  When we feel upset, stopping to evaluate our feelings is often the ‘next-right-thing’.  The H.A.L.T.S. method suggests individuals ask themselves if they are Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired, or Sick.  Check below for strategies for each letter in the H.A.L.T.S checklist!




(Coming next week!)