One of the toughest obstacles marijuana dependent people face in the battle to kick the weed habit is difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. We all need sleep, there is no doubt, and there’s a direct correlation between quality of sleep and quality of life.
Indeed, one of the many reasons many of us become weed dependent is we “need” it to fall asleep. Unfortunately, there’s a Catch-22 with this practice: ingesting THC just prior to bedtime interferes with the natural REM sleep cycle. So, while Mother Mary Jane definitely helps one to fall asleep, she takes away the deep, restful sleep pattern that Mother Nature intended.
So what does one do during the detoxification process to avoid those sleepless nights and pave a smoother path to complete freedom from weed? Here a few tips:
7 Tips to Better Sleep During the Detox Process and Beyond
- Get out of bed and go to bed at the same time every day to reestablish your body’s circadian rhythm. Don’t be tempted to hit the snooze button or sleep late if you didn’t sleep well as this only pushes the problem forward.
- Avoid alcohol late at night. It reduces REM sleep the same as pot does.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep the detoxification process going but don’t drink anything at all for an hour before going to bed. This decreases the likelihood of having to get up and go to the bathroom.
- Don’t drink coffee, tea, or any other caffeinated drinks late in the day. Caffeinated beverages have a long half life and add fuel to the insomnia fire.
- Don’t snack on chocolate late at night as it usually contains caffeine as well. Also bear in mind that anything sugary will give you a boost of energy which is the opposite of sleepiness. If you have to have something on your tummy just prior to going to bed, try something with tryptophan in it like yogurt or bananas.
- Daily exercise also helps one sleep better but don’t do it too late in the day. Too much activity late in the day also causes insomnia.
- Disconnect from technology in the bedroom. Consider leaving the cell phone and all other devices on charge in a different room and if there’s a TV in your bedroom, Good Lord, get it out. Good sleep is centered on a natural state of being, not a digital or artificial one.
Notice how there was some overlap between good sleep habits and the natural detoxification process we’ve already talked about?
Needless to say, these are habits you’ll want to continue long after quitting weed to keep a healthy lifestyle going.
For more tips on quitting weed and avoiding sleepless nights, check out Quit Marijuana: The Complete Guide. I credit this guide for helping me completely break free of weed dependence over one year ago.
Cheers for now and here’s wishing you many nights of good sleep.