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Why Adequate Rest Can Be Crucial to Addiction Recovery

Feb 5, 2024

Choosing to recover from addiction is commendable. We understand it may be uncomfortable to leave behind what you know to come to treatment for help, but your recovery will be worth it. Addiction treatment can require an ample amount of energy to retain information successfully. It also requires energy to make the necessary changes to your life for long-term recovery. Learning how to listen to your body is an important skill that addiction treatment can help you acquire in your recovery. More specifically, getting adequate rest in your recovery has many benefits. This skill can help you inside of treatment that you can then utilize in daily life after being discharged. 

Benefits of Adequate Rest in Recovery

When discussing rest and sleep, it could be beneficial to know how much rest is considered adequate. An article studying sleep from the journal Sleep discussed adequate amounts of sleep in adults. As the article stated, “Adults should sleep 7 or more hours per night on a regular basis to promote optimal health.”

Adequate rest in your addiction recovery can be crucial for many reasons. One benefit of feeling rested can include having better focus. As previously mentioned, treatment can require energy to retain information. If you can focus well, you are likely to be able to take in your therapy and treatment plan best to help you on your recovery path. 

It could be important to include that rest does not always have to mean sleeping. Rest can sometimes mean engaging in activities that allow your mind and/or body to relax and recharge in different ways. For you, this could mean spending time socializing. In treatment with us at Renaissance Ranch, you will be with other men who have similar goals in mind. This can be a great opportunity to bond with other people on your recovery journey as well. 

Effects of Inadequate Rest on the Mind and Body

Inadequate rest can make recovery difficult and, alone, can be damaging to your health in many ways. Some effects of inadequate rest can include brain fog, mood swings, increased risk of physical health issues, and more. A publication titled Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation: An Unmet Public Health Problem by the Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Sleep Medicine and Research discussed health consequences relating to sleep loss and stated the following:

The cumulative long-term effects of sleep loss and sleep disorders have been associated with a wide range of deleterious health consequences including an increased risk of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, heart attack, and stroke. After decades of research, the case can be confidently made that sleep loss and sleep disorders have profound and widespread effects on human health.

This article highlights the importance of adequate sleep and how damaging inadequate sleep can be. Inadequate rest could even put your recovery at risk. When you push yourself past your limits without ample rest, you could accidentally trigger poor mental health. If your mental health is not doing well, it can become risky for your recovery to withstand the effects of inadequate rest. Your recovery is most important; therefore, learning to take time to rest is a skill worth practicing.

The Importance of Adequate Rest as a Skill

At Renaissance Ranch, we believe every man, like yourself, can recover. Learning how to take care of yourself and to rest when you need it, is a skill we can help support. If one of our services is right for you and the level of care you need, we can help provide structure to daily life and faith-based treatment to you. We can support you in learning how to navigate adequate rest in combination with addiction treatment. Adequate rest can be considered a skill because, like most things, it can take time to find a good balance.

To reiterate, knowing how to rest when you are in recovery can be crucial. This skill could even help you to know when you need to rest from a situation. It can allow you to have time to clear your head and try coming towards a situation from a new or different perspective. This can be beneficial in many different areas of life, including where there is conflict, in work environments, or in other places where problem-solving is needed. 

Adequate rest in addiction recovery not only allows you to take in new information but also can help you to heal. We know there is commonly a connection between mental health struggles and addiction. Allowing yourself to rest when you need it can help give you the space to process and heal your mental health too. Resting may sound simple or easy, but in actuality, resting can be vital to your recovery. Getting adequate rest may be something worth paying attention to assure you start your recovery feeling rested and ready to turn your life around.

Deciding to seek help for your addiction is a brave choice to make. We know treatment can seem intimidating, but your recovery will be worth it. Addiction treatment can require adequate rest so you can take in the information needed to begin your life-long journey on the path of recovery. Learning how to rest when your mind and body need it is an important skill. We can help support you in learning how to rest when you need it. Adequate rest can help the mind and body in many ways in addiction recovery. Please call (801) 308-8898 today for more information on how we can help support you on your journey to recovery today.