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How Sleep Helps Your Recovery

September 13, 2017

Do you fall short on the recommended seven to nine hours of shut-eye per night? If you answered, “yes,” you’re far from alone. In fact, some studies indicate that almost half the U.S. population skimps on sleep and those with substance use disorder typically get fewer than six hours per night.

​And it works both ways: One study found that poor sleep increased the risk of substance abuse among college athletes. Students with sleep difficulties were…

  • 151 percent more likely to use cigarettes
  • 36 percent more likely to drink alcohol
  • 66 percent more likely to smoke marijuana
  • 317 percent more likely to use methamphetamine
  • 349 percent more likely to use cocaine
  • 175 percent more likely to use steroids

While sleeping too much isn’t good for you – it may even signal depression – making slumber a priority does come with a host of mental and physical benefits. Here we look at a few that will do double-duty for your health and sobriety:

  • You’ll be in a better mood.Simply put: Insomnia puts you in a bad mood and ups your risk for anxiety and depression.
  • You’ll have better emotional control.Sleep deprivation can make you irritable and amplify negative emotions. The result: you’re more likely to sweat the small stuff.
  • You’ll have better memory and focus.When you’re well rested, you’re better able to concentrate. Plus, sleeping gives your mind a chance to “practice” the recovery skills you learn while you’re awake.
  • You’ll have a better immune system.This will help you fend off any colds, flus or illnesses and it can also help your skin heal faster from any skin spots, acne, or premature aging due to drug or alcohol abuse.

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Elm Tree empowers our young clients with the tools necessary for long-term abstinence from substances and the ability to transition from a treatment setting into life-long recovery. To learn more about our young adult rehab or collegiate recovery program, call today: 800-646-1873.



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