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Understanding the Effect of Alcoholism on Sleep Patterns

Posted by Janice Story on April 15, 2024 at 11:25 AM

Sleep is an essential part of human biology. It helps you revitalize your body and mind over several hours of inactivity. However, sleep issues can be prevalent in those who are recovering from alcohol addiction.

Alcohol’s Effect On An Alcoholic’s Sleep Patterns

Alcohol’s effect on sleep patterns are evident in those who are taking in large amounts of it. The disruptions in the brain’s ability to manage sleep can come from a number of sources. There are a number of reasons why an individual’s sleep quality is negatively affected. These disruptions last several months even after rehab and can be a cause for concern.

Circadian Rhythm Disruption

The circadian rhythm is the internal clock of an individual. It is what dictates when you sleep and how long you sleep for. The circadian rhythm is an essential part of making sure that you have a regular sleep schedule. However, alcohol and other substances disrupt the rhythm by forcing your body to produce chemicals that make you fall asleep quickly. However, these chemicals are shorter lived when compared to the natural release in a non-alcoholic.

REM Sleep Disruption

Another essential part of getting proper evening rest is Rapid Eye Movement or REM sleep for short. REM sleep is the period in sleep that your body gets the best rest. However, alcohol has been shown to consistently disrupt REM sleep and cause an individual to experience a delay in their ability to experience it.

Frequent Trips to The Toilet

Your body over time has grown accustomed to making sure that you don’t need to go to the bathroom during the evening. However, alcoholics will have difficulty managing their bladders under the influence. This is due to the fact that alcohol is a diuretic. Diuretics like alcohol dehydrate your body by forcing liquid out of your body through urine.

Breathing Disruptions and Sleep Apnea

Another cause for concern is that alcohol has an effect on a person’s breathing during sleep. This can cause excessive snoring and even sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous condition where an individual’s breathing is stopped and started during sleep. It can cause an individual to suddenly wake in the middle of the night due to the lack of oxygen. The worst case scenario is that sleep apnea can cause a life threatening heart attack or collapsed airway. 

The Most Effective Solution To Insomnia Caused By Alcoholism

Alcoholism is a difficult condition to overcome especially because of how it impairs judgement and affects your sleep patterns. The first step to proper recovery is always going to be rehabilitation.

Soberman’s Estate has created the ideal combination of medical, clinical, and holistic modalities, including board certified psychiatrists, medical doctors, psychologists, counselors, on-site labyrinth walks, equine therapy, fitness training, yoga, acupuncture, nutrition counseling and Chef prepared meals. Treatment at Soberman’s Estate is discrete and private with 10 beds on 5 acres of pristine Sonoran desert where recovery is adjusted to the needs of the patient.

If you or someone you know is considering treatment for addiction, call us at 480-660-3474 for a professional consultation.


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Topics: Addiction, Alcoholism

Navigating the Path to a Life of Sobriety; The Unique Approach at Soberman's Estate

Posted by Janice Story on April 8, 2024 at 8:00 AM

During the journey towards recovery and wellness, men often face distinct challenges and require specialized care. Soberman's Estate Men's Residential Treatment Center understands this deeply. Nestled in a serene and therapeutic environment, Soberman’s is more than just a place for treatment; it truly is a sanctuary for healing and transformation.

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Topics: Sobriety

Celebrating Soberman's Estate: 5 Years of Hope, Healing, and Transformation

Posted by Janice Story on March 26, 2024 at 7:45 AM

This year marks a significant milestone for Soberman's Estate Men's Residential Treatment Center – our 5-year anniversary. In these five years, we've witnessed incredible transformations, shared countless moments of triumph, and built a community grounded in hope and healing. As we reflect on our journey, we want to celebrate the successes, acknowledge the challenges overcome, and look forward to a future filled with even more opportunities to help men in their recovery and personal growth.

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Topics: Addiction, Treatment, Recovery, Soberman's Estate

Navigating the Journey Back to Work After Residential Treatment

Posted by Janice Story on March 18, 2024 at 8:30 AM

Transitioning back to the workplace after spending time in a residential treatment center can be a journey filled with mixed emotions: hope, anxiety, and determination. It's a significant step in your recovery process, signaling progress and the start of a new chapter. Here are a few tips to guide you through this transition, offering practical advice and supportive strategies to help you reintegrate into your work life smoothly and confidently.

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Topics: Addiction, Treatment, Recovery

Welcoming Charlie, The Newest Member of our Equine Therapy Team

Posted by Janice Story on March 11, 2024 at 8:00 AM

What qualities are required to be a therapy horse? Inspired by our recent addition, Charlie, I thought maybe we’d take a look into what makes a horse suitable for this important role. Born on June 28, 2003, Charlie, a very handsome buckskin quarter horse, quickly proved his natural aptitude for therapy work during his very first session. His journey offers insights into what it takes for a horse to become a partner during the process of therapeutic work.

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Topics: Addiction, Treatment, Equine Therapy

So you’ve made a decision to change your life in 2024?

Posted by Janice Story on January 15, 2024 at 7:45 AM

As the calendar turns to January, many of us find ourselves reflecting on the past year and setting goals for the year ahead. It's a time of new beginnings, resolutions, and renewed hope. For those struggling with substance use disorder (SUD), the New Year can be a particularly significant time to consider treatment and embark on a journey towards recovery. Here's why January may be the ideal time to start this life-changing process.

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Topics: Addiction, Treatment

Embracing Sober (Dry) January: A Step Towards Healing and Recovery

Posted by Janice Story on January 8, 2024 at 7:45 AM

As the new year unfolds, many of us set resolutions to improve our health and well-being. Sober January, the practice of abstaining from alcohol for the first month of the year, has become increasingly popular as a way to reset and reflect on our relationship with alcohol. For those in recovery or contemplating a path towards sobriety, staying sober during the month of January can be a particularly meaningful endeavor.

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Topics: Addiction, Recovery, Soberman's Estate

Sobriety Goals for 2024: A New Year's Guide for Men

Posted by Janice Story on January 1, 2024 at 8:30 AM

Embracing Change in Your Sobriety Journey

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Topics: Recovery, Sobriety tips

Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Men in Recovery

Posted by Janice Story on December 24, 2023 at 8:30 AM

During the month of December, our blogs have really been focused on the challenges of maintaining sobriety during the holiday season. We’ve been sharing tips and strategies of what to do when triggered, how to decline a party invitation, and how to manage those holiday stressors. But what about searching for that perfect gift for your friend or loved one in recovery? I attended a great ornament and gift exchange party last night, and out of 21 people, I was most likely the only one who did not drink. And what I was noticing, was about 75 % of the gifts contained alcohol, or alcohol related items, such as wine glasses etc…  It appears that it has become a pretty common gift nowadays.                                                                                                                                                            Navigating the path of recovery is a journey of strength, and courage especially this time of year. If you have a loved one or a friend that is currently on their path of sobriety, you might be wondering how to show your support and encouragement. Finding the right gift can be a meaningful way to express your care and respect for their recovery journey. Here, are some thoughtful gift ideas that are both supportive and appropriate for men in recovery.

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Topics: Recovery

Cowboy’s Journey: A Tribute to a Remarkable Horse

Posted by Janice Story on December 19, 2023 at 8:30 AM

In the world of equine-assisted therapy, a rare few horses have the grace, empathy, and intelligence to leave an indelible mark on the lives they touch. Cowboy, my beloved horse, was one such extraordinary soul. This post is a tribute to Cowboy, who was not just an ordinary horse, but a true partner, healer, friend, and a savior in his own right.

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