Quit Alcohol Sleep | 5 Tips How to Sleep When You Stop Alcohol | SDA33
I can relate to getting up early in the morning for work. I was up at 5am for most of my working life. As far as the self-medication goes, I think we can all relate to that - to one extent or another. When I quit drinking, I probably went for over a month with difficulty either falling asleep or staying asleep.
Having said that, I never got a good night’s sleep before I quit drinking. I could ‘fall asleep’ quickly enough, sometimes it felt like before my head hit the pillow, but I’d always wake up after a couple of hours.
Depending on how much I’d had to drink, I would either be wide awake and tossing and turning, or wide awake with my heart pounding in my ears, my head aching, my throat feeling like a desert, and I’d be tossing and turning and unable to get back asleep.
I much prefer where I am now.
I still have a restless night now and then. The reasons are nothing to do with alcohol though. Maybe I’ve drank too much coffee during the day. Perhaps I’m a little anxious about something, slightly stressed because a plan didn’t come to fruition, or a hundred other normal things that have kept us humans awake since year dot.
But I don’t have those lovely hangovers to look forward to, nor do I wake up in the middle of the night fearing that I’m gonna have a heart attack or a stroke or some other god awful self-caused death.
You have to put up with the sleepless nights for a while... that’s just it!
How long will the sleeplessness last? Who knows! Everyone’s different. It’s going to depend on many factors, all of them individual to you.
You just have to accept it and do what you can put yourself in the mood for sleep. Your body is not used to falling asleep on its own, without being boinked to sleep by booze.
Give it time!
The human body has remarkable powers to heal itself, both mentally and physically. If it takes you a month or even two to get through the night, isn’t it worth it to know that you’ll now be free!
5 Tips on How to Go To Sleep When You Stop Drinking
First of all, you must accept your sleeplessness. It’s probably going to happen. If it doesn’t, then good for you.
If you try to fight it, you’ll more than likely make it worse….
Tip #1: Prepare yourself for sleep.
I’ve always had difficulty sleeping with any sound in the room so I use earplugs whenever I go to bed. I also find that a dark room helps me sleep much better. We have blinds in our home so the room is always pitch-black. I thought it would be difficult to know when to get up in the morning because the blinds block out all the morning light as well as the streetlamps below our balcony, but my biological clock still wakes me up at 6am almost every morning.
Try using a sleep mask if you can’t achieve complete darkness from curtains or blinds, they’re cheap enough on Amazon or eBay. I used one on my holidays a couple of years ago. Once I got used to the feeling of something on my face, I slept like a baby.
A comfortable temperature is also very helpful when getting yourself in the proper state for sleep. Open a window if it’s too stuffy, or throw an extra blanket if it’s too chilly. Just experiment to see what works best for you. Take a soothing bath before you go to bed and use a couple of drops of lavender oil both in the bathwater and on your pillow.
Tip #2: Take relaxing breaths.
This is one of the things I learned to do when I started Kundalini Yoga classes. Lie in a comfortable position and just breathe long, deep, and slow breathes. Listen to your breathing and calm yourself as much as you can. This is always the first thing I try once I get into bed and find I can’t drop off. Normally I am asleep very quickly.
Tip #3: Clench and Relax.
The clench and relax technique is a shortened version of a method of relaxation used in psychotherapy. The idea is to clench and relax all your individual muscles until you no more tension.
Lie down and use the breathing technique to begin the relaxation process. Then, stretch your toes forwards and hold the stretch for 4 to 5 seconds and relax. Now stretch them backwards and hold 4 to 5 seconds. Move up to your ankle, stretching each joint first forwards, holding 4 to 5 seconds and repeat stretching backwards. Gradually move up through your body stretching and clenching each muscle for 4 or 5 seconds before releasing.
This is always the second technique I use. It’s a bad night when I get past my lower body.
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