I have been sober for only 2.5 days now, so still very much in the beginning. I am addicted to smoking weed and it helped always falling asleep easily. But lately I decided I want to quit for sure, because it really started to influence me and my life, but everytime I quit I cannot sleep well at all and it makes my daily life much harder. This time I decided that not using is more important than sleeping, but I was wondering if there are other people here who experience something similar. I tried working out more to become physically more tired, but still it does not help me to become mentally tired and fall asleep.
Hope that there are some people here who have some good tips or advice in this situation.
Give it a few weeks friend, this is a common experience when discontinuing any long-term sleep aid. Same thing happened to me with alcohol/benzos. The most important and hardest thing is not using long enough for your brain to start taking over its regular sleep functions again.
Amen to the Sleep Hygeine tips- you can get reliable fairly standard guidance just by googling sleep hygeine sped up the recovery process for my sleep considerably! Takes a little faith because those habits can also take a couple weeks to show benefit, but I promise it is worth a good sustained try.
My sleep got much better. I do use a non-addictive sleep aid prescribed by my doctor, but I have managed to stay at a very low dose of it for several years by staying sober, practicing sleep hygeine the best I can, and not using it on weekends so I dont build tolerance (can happen with any sleep aid, addictive or not, with daily chronic use).
Congrats on quitting, and your new journey. 2.5 days is too early, give it time. I’m 3 weeks in roo sobriety (alcoholic) and i sleep like a rock now, the first week i was a zombie, couldn’t sleep. Now, i enjoy my Melatonin and herbal sleepy time tea before bed, instead my previous 6 pack of Ballast Point, a night cap indica joint and a percocet. Good luck and stay strong!
Awesome to hear from someone who had quicker return to sound sleep after quitting multiple substances!! Great hope shot for the newcomers with insomnia
Thank you. Plus, I’m 40, lol, middle aged, and I need my sleep. Becoming an old timer.
Pshaw 40 better not be old-timer territory, it would mean my sponsor is a fossil and I’m not ready to be a dinosaur myself!
Thanks a lot people! I can imagine that this early sleep is a big problem, but thanks to the sleep problems i happened to start smoking again because i needed to focus on study etc, so it was ways easy to get back to it and guaranteed sleep. But this time I am really done with it, and as I read here, I just have to suck it up and try to check the sleeping hygiene tips.
Thanks the reactions and positive words!
Melatonin and Sleepy Time Tea! I’ve also read articles that say electronics wake up your brain so you could try reading an actual book?
Sorry, I think I replied to just Leejr. Melatonin and Sleepy Time Tea help! And I’ve read electronics wake up your brain so try a real book. Sorry again, I’m new to replying.
Yes, reading calms my brain too, I enjoy reading.
Hahaha. Give it a break will you
Nah lol trying to give people facts instead of letting them be sheep. If you wanna believe it’s addictive that’s fine but you’re wrong lmao
Well we do have quite a few binge eaters on the forum…
It’s been 2.5 days, give it time dude, gonna be shitty sleep for a few weeks. I took unisom my first week to help me develop a sleeping schedule and routine.
And there are many people with serious food addictions that threaten their health and well-being. Please be mindful that there are people battling many different types of addictions here.
J, I was in the same boat as you. I’m currently within my 25th day. First of all hang in there. You’ll get where you need to be in time. Most of my working life I was either swing shift or midnight shift which makes it even harder. For me, I had difficulty sleeping regular hours for about two weeks. Even with non habit forming sleep meds. But entering week 3 I started to sleep normal. Today is either the 6th or 7th day straight I slept normal people hours. In the past I was able to get maybe 2 days if that. I get better sleep now than I ever did as an adult. Work through it and you’ll start to see improvements.