Sleep is especially important in recovery as we try to heal our body and restore the natural sleep cycles and quality, which likely have been disrupted by alcohol. Research shows that we need at least 7-8 hours of good sleep every night. Here are a few steps we can take to improve our sleep quality especially early on in recovery:
1. Take a warm shower or bath before you go to bed
2. Eliminate lights and sounds when you go to bed
3. Set a time and sleep at the same time every night and wake up at the same time. This will help restore our sleep cycles.
4. Exercise before you go to bed. Need not be a marathon. 10 minutes of jumping jacks or a light jog should be plenty.
5. Don’t eat a heavy meal before going to bed