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Sleep and Addiction Recovery

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Sleep and Addiction


Addiction disrupts every aspect of life, and sleep is no exception.

Researchers estimate that individuals with addiction are 5 to 10 times more likely to have sleep disorders during and after recovery.

Many people use alcohol or other drugs as a method to help fall asleep and treat their insomnia, and become addicted as a result. Even if sleep problems were absent before addiction, long-term substance abuse physically changes your brain’s sleep architecture, disrupting your sleep patterns and sleep quality. Then, just as individuals come to rely on addictive substances to function during the day, they become dependent on it for sleep.

Things only get worse in recovery, with sleep problems being one of the most common and lingering symptoms of detoxification. There is some hope though: addiction and sleep problems are treatable. The better you sleep, the lower your risk of relapse. Mastering sleep also makes the recovery plan easier to accomplish.

If you or a loved one are dealing with addiction and seeking help, please visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration online provider directory or call 800-662-4357 (available toll-free 24/7).


Commonly Prescribed in Rehabilitation Facilities: Trazodone

Trazodone is used regularly in rehabilitation facilities across the United States as a way to address sleep disorders during the recovery process.

Trazodone is known by a number of different brand names such as Oleptro or Desyrel, and was originally intended for the treatment of clinical depression. The drug’s sedating effect is the main reason it is more often used as a sleep aid for people that have various psychological disorders, including depression, anxiety disorders, and psychological disorders.

Long-term use of Trazodone may help improve sleep function, but can cost you more than you bargained for.

The Journal of Sleep Research warns that prolonged use of trazodone can also cause the following:

  • Short-term memory difficulties
  • Verbal learning issues
  • Equilibrium disruption
  • Next-day cognition problems
  • Lack of arm muscle endurance.
  • Addiction

How SentraPM® Can Help


Sentra PM® has been used in the clinical practice as a safe and effective way to fuel nighttime nervous system function. For over 15 years, medical professionals have recommended Sentra PM to help patients achieve naturally restful sleep without the dangers of prescription drugs.

Sentra PM is:

  • Clinically Validated
  • Non-habit Forming
  • Safe For Long Term Use

If you or a loved one is on the path to recovery from addiction, consider Sentra PM as natural way to improve sleep.