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Insomnia and Addiction

Insomnia and AddictionAccording to the National Institutes of Health, insomnia is a common sleep disorder that makes it difficult to fall or stay asleep, or both. As a result, patients may get too little sleep, or they will get poor sleep that causes drowsiness when they wake up. Therefore, San Diego residents with this problem may have daytime sleepiness and a lack of energy, which can make them feel anxious, depressed or irritable.

Types of Insomnia

There are two primary types of insomnia, acute and chronic. Acute insomnia, which typically lasts for days or weeks, is often associated with a particular problem, such as stress at work, family pressures or surviving a traumatic event. On the other hand, chronic insomnia lasts for a month or longer and may stem from another problem, such as a medical condition, medication, sleep disorders and drug abuse.

Causes of Insomnia

If you experience acute insomnia, look at your life over the past week to see if you can identify a stressful situation that interfered with your sleep. It may help San Diego residents to journal their sleep patterns to track their problems. However, with chronic insomnia you must investigate further, because any of the following issues can cause long-term insomnia:

  • Emotional disorders – Depression, anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Neurological disorders – Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
  • Chronic pain – Usually caused by a severe injury, arthritis and headache problems
  • Breathing issues – Usually caused by sleep apnea, asthma or heart conditions
  • Physical concerns – An overactive thyroid or gastrointestinal disorders, such as heartburn
  • Hormonal issues – Often related to menopause and hot flashes
  • Medications – Certain prescription medications, including allergy and cold medicines or medications to treat heart problems
  • Other substances – Caffeine, stimulants, tobacco, alcohol and sedatives

San Diego residents can eliminate many of these factors from their lives, while they can manage others.

Insomnia and Addiction

One of the primary strategies to treat chronic insomnia is to avoid illegal drugs and manage your prescription medications. If you take a prescription stimulant or abue illegal amphetamines, you can expect any of the following side effects:

  • Alertness, energetic, exhilaration and excitement
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Elevated pulse and blood pressure
  • Dry mouth, sweating, headaches and reduced appetite
  • Anxiety, restlessness, irritability and aggression

On the other hand, San Diego residents who take depressants should expect the following side effects:

  • Depression
  • Tension
  • Moodiness, mood swings
  • Physical exhaustion, tiredness

Even though depressants may make you physically exhausted, they can interfere with your sleep.

Treatment for Addiction

If you are addicted to drugs, insomnia may be the least of your worries. However, getting addiction treatment will improve your physical, mental and emotional health, which will address your insomnia. Depending on your drug of choice, the first course of action would be medically supervised detox to purge toxins from your body. With a clean slate, you can focus on the issues that led to your addiction and understand how to care for yourself.

San Diego Addiction Treatment

We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you have about addiction treatment. Please call our toll-free helpline today to find treatment for yourself or a San Diego loved one.