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Thu Jul 12, 2012, 03:23 PM

 

How long after quitting drinking can you sleep soundly?

1 week? 2 weeks? 2 months? never?

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Reply How long after quitting drinking can you sleep soundly? (Original post)
Taverner Jul 2012 OP
roody Jul 2012 #1
Taverner Jul 2012 #2
Rhiannon12866 Jul 2012 #3
wildeyed Jul 2012 #4
JayhawkSD Jul 2012 #5
Taverner Jul 2012 #6
NMDemDist2 Jul 2012 #7
Taverner Jul 2012 #8
NMDemDist2 Jul 2012 #9
wildeyed Jul 2012 #11
Electric Monk Jul 2012 #10
Taverner Jul 2012 #12

Response to Taverner (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2012, 03:33 PM

1. I don't know, but would like to recommend some

tasty chamomile or Sleepytime tea.

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Response to roody (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 12, 2012, 04:51 PM

2. Oh I'm using Valerian, Melatonin, Kava, and Tryptophan

 

It gets me to sleep, but I keep waking up every hour or so

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Fri Jul 13, 2012, 02:59 AM

3. It took me an awfully long time.

I always drank until I fell asleep. When I talked to my doctor about it, he said it wasn't healthy to go without sleep, so he prescribed something to help me get through the initial insomnia. I know that a lot of folks have this problem when they first get sober, but it does eventually get easier...

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sat Jul 14, 2012, 11:29 PM

4. I had very strange sleep patterns for about a year after I quit.

Either I would sleep a ridiculous amount, 12 or 14 hours sometimes, or not at all. And I had really weird dreams. I remember one that consisted of crying for what seemed like hours. That was the entire dream, just crying and for no discernible reason.

Cleaning up my eating helped more than anything. Regular, healthy meals that included some protein and maybe something green. I had been living on cheap beer and McDonalds for so long, I didn't even know how to eat right at first. Try eating a hard boiled egg or maybe apple slices with peanut butter before bed. 2% milk will work too. Helps keep the blood sugar stable and that can help with sleep. Daily yoga breathing and stretching helps too.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 11:36 AM

5. Sounds familiar

Everyone of us who is recovering knows the feeling. It takes however long it takes, but you will sleep normally. And once you are it won't seem to have been a long time.

What we also know is that taking a drink now will make you sleep, and make other pains go away, but they will be back. What you are doing will make them go away and not come back.

Drinking makes problems go away, learing to live without drinking cures problems. Trust me, curing is better.

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Response to JayhawkSD (Reply #5)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 01:17 PM

6. For me, I don't want a drink

 

Yesterday I was at a restaurant and while the martini shaker constantly going did catch my attention - I don't want it.

Sleep, on the other hand, I miss.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 01:55 PM

7. expect a few months at least of sleep pattern disruption

but as they told me in my early days... "No body ever dies from lack of sleep, but our addictions can KILL us!"

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Response to NMDemDist2 (Reply #7)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 02:09 PM

8. But the question remains, am I going to end up starting an underground fight club?

 

And should I ask you to start calling me Tyler?

Sorry...couldn't resist

The insomnia is making me goofy

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Response to Taverner (Reply #8)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 05:54 PM

9. well, not sure which will kill you quicker...

fight club or addictions



edit to add... exercise will help, so maybe fight club is the answer???

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Response to NMDemDist2 (Reply #9)

Thu Jul 19, 2012, 07:07 PM

11. I play roller derby now.

Closest I could come to legal fight club

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Wed Jul 18, 2012, 05:06 AM

10. About 5 minutes

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Response to Electric Monk (Reply #10)

Fri Jul 20, 2012, 01:23 PM

12. LOL

 

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