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How Opioids Affect Sleep

How Opioids Affect SleepOpioid abuse and addiction affect every area of your life, including your sleep patterns and how well you sleep. Opioid abuse changes your sleep pattern, and these changes can lead to major problems. There is no healthy way to abuse opioids, so as long as you continue your abuse you will not be able to address the ways these drugs damage your sleep. The only way to recover a normal sleeping pattern is to quit abusing opioids, but this will require professional addiction treatment. Do not attempt recovery on your own, but rather seek help to get clean and rest easily.

How Opioids Cause Sleep Problems

Many people who abuse opioids encounter sleep problems as a result. When people use opioids, they often abuse them in large amounts and binge on them for hours or days. The effects of this is that opioids may cause users to sleep for 12 hours or more, but when they crash from this drug use they can have insomnia that may cause them to stay up for long periods of time. Many users address this insomnia by abusing even more opioids to help them sleep, but this will only make their problems. Eventually opioids will become a crutch and addicts will not be able to sleep without these addictive substances.

Opioid Sleep Problems Can Affect Health

Over time, insomnia and other sleep problems from opioid abuse will affect other areas of your health, which will lead to even more problems. Lack of sleep can weaken your immune system, meaning your body cannot fight off diseases and illnesses at its full strength. With a weakened immune system from irregular sleep patterns, you will become sick more often than normal; additionally, illnesses will be more severe than they should be. Irregular sleep patterns from opioid abuse can cause you to make bad decisions, such as driving while under the influence or when you are tired, which may lead to accidents.

Opioid Addiction Treatment

If you are tired of opioid addiction turning your life upside down, treatment is available to help you recover. Call our toll-free helpline today and speak with our addiction experts—they can teach you how opioid addiction treatment can change your life. Our experts can answer all your questions about opioid addiction, and they can give you the latest information on all the available types of treatment. We are here for you 24 hours a day, so pick up the phone and give us a call right now.

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