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Recovery from alcohol addiction can make you an insomniac

Insomnia is found to be prevalent in people in the early phases of recovery from alcohol addiction, a study appeared in the Journal of Addiction Medicine has said.

What were the findings of the study?

The findings revealed that incidence of insomnia during early recovery may be five times higher than the general population and may persist for months to years and hence treating sleep disturbance in early recovery may have considerable impact on maintenance of sobriety and quality of life, according to study co-author Nicholas Rosenlicht from the University of San Francisco in the US. (Read: Beat the insomnia monster try these tips for better sleep)

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What does the study suggest?

The study implies that effective treatment of sleep disturbance may lower risk of drug and alcohol relapse. While insomnia may be linked with a higher risk of alcohol-related problems and relapse, the association may run in the other direction as well - population studies report people with sleep disturbance are more likely to be at risk of developing addiction. (Read: Beat insomnia with yoga)

What does the study conclude?

'Treatment of insomnia after abstinence represents an important treatment target and an integral part of any recovery plan,'Rosenlicht concluded. The study suggests that effective treatment of sleep disturbance may lower risk of drug and alcohol relapse. (Read: Try nutmeg to beat insomnia)

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