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Addiction Recovery & Sleep

Addiction Recovery & Sleep

Sleep and addiction recovery are closely linked, as adequate rest significantly impacts mental health, aiding resilience in overcoming addiction. How important is adequate sleep in addiction recovery? It is crucial, as quality sleep helps regulate mood, reduce stress, and improve cognitive function, essential for recovery. Poor sleep can worsen mental health issues, increasing the risk of relapse. 

The importance of sleep in addiction recovery is paramount. Establishing healthy sleep habits is key to supporting long-term sobriety. Here are some tips to improve sleep during recovery: 

  1. Establish a Routine: Consistency in your sleep schedule helps regulate your body’s internal clock. Set a schedule where you can lay down in bed and wake up at the same time every day. This includes weekends to give your body the best consistency. 
  2. Create a Comfortable Environment: Ensure your bedroom is quiet, dark, and cool. If you need, use blackout curtains, earplugs, or a noise machine to create a restful sleeping environment. 
  3. Limit Screen Time: Try to avoid screens at least an hour before bedtime. Blue light that is emitted by phones and computers can disrupt your sleep cycle, so try to avoid screens or use a blue light filter at least an hour before bedtime. 
  4. Exercise Regularly: Physical activity earlier in the day has been shown to promote better sleep, but avoid vigorous exercise close to bedtime so that your body has time to wind down. 
  5. Be Mindful of Your Diet: Caffeine and heavy meals can make it hard for your body to be in a restful state. Try to avoid caffeine and heavy meals in the evening. If you’re hungry before bed, opt for a light snack. 

A man rests in bed, his watch, which is tracking his sleep patterns, on his wrist

Tracking your sleep quality is easier than ever with technology. Smartwatches and other devices can monitor your sleeping patterns and provide insights into how well you are sleeping, helping you make necessary adjustments to your habits for better sleep. 

Positive peer pressure can also play a significant role in maintaining healthy habits, including sleep. Surrounding yourself with supportive friends who encourage good sleep hygiene can make a big difference in your recovery journey. 

At The Discovery House, we understand the critical role that sleep plays in recovery. Our programs are designed to support holistic healing, including guidance on improving sleep hygiene. For more information on how we can support your recovery journey, learn more about our inpatient addiction recovery center, where you can get a good night’s rest. 

Prioritize your sleep to build a strong foundation for a successful recovery. Remember, every small step towards better sleep is a step towards a healthier, addiction-free life. 


Sleep plays a crucial role in addiction recovery, acting as a cornerstone for mental health and resilience. Quality sleep enhances mood regulation, reduces stress, and boosts cognitive function, all vital for overcoming addiction. 

Poor sleep can exacerbate mental health issues and increase the risk of relapse. To improve sleep and support your recovery journey, consider establishing a consistent sleep routine, creating a comfortable sleep environment, limiting evening screen time, engaging in regular daytime exercise, and being mindful of evening dietary choices. 

At The Discovery House, we emphasize the importance of sleep in our recovery programs, offering guidance to help you establish healthy sleep habits that support long-term sobriety. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, reach out to The Discovery House. Here, we understand that a good night’s sleep is not just a rest—it’s an essential part of healing.