Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Is Lack of Sleep Interfering With Your Recovery?

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A lack of sleep can cause setbacks in your recovery. Without restorative sleep, it will be that much harder to control your emotions, manage stress, fend off cravings and focus on your daily recovery tasks. Here are a few signs that you need to take better care to prioritize sleep and healthy sleep habits. 
  • You look tired. Bleary, tired bloodshot eyes, dark under eye circles and puffiness are all telltale signs of sleep deprivation. 
  • You have a short fuse. Poor sleep can cause little annoyances to set you off. So if you find yourself lashing out toward others, take it as a cue to get more shut-eye.
  • You are always hungry. Lack of sleep can throw off your hunger hormones leptin and ghrelin. The result: You’ll want to eat all day long and you'll likely crave carbs.  
  • You have trouble focusing. When you’re tired, even the simplest task can seem daunting. You may feel like you have a “fuzzy head” and that it’s more difficult to retain information and follow conversations with others. 
  • You feel more emotional. Sleep deprivation can make you feel like you’re on an emotional roller coaster, causing the slightest feeling of stress to overwhelm you. And these unbalanced emotions may cause you to crave drugs or alcohol, which could lead to relapse.
  • You find daily tasks more difficult. Sleep deprivation impairs what’s called your executive function, which is a set of mental skills that helps you get things done. The result: poor planning and prioritization, disorganization, increased risk taking, greater focus on short-term rewards, decreased judgment.
Healthy Habits for a Healthier You
At Rising Roads, our staff is here to help you take your physical and mental health back and make health living part of your recovery. To learn more about our programs and facility, call today: 866-746-1558.

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