I drank to get drunk since I was 5 years old.
As far as I have read here, that is a record.
My sleep has slowly gotten better and better since i quit getting drunk over 3 years ago.
I tried every natural remedy to sleep including recently..sleepy time tea. I work up after 2 hour and had to pee.
For me, it hasn't been about the length of time i sleep, it is about the quality.
I napped a lot during my first year clean. I still only sleep about 5 to 6 hours straight.
To get close to 8 hours of sleep, I have to be in bed for 10 to 12 hours. That can work on my days off, but not usual when I am working.
I average 4 to 6 hours a night these days.
I read somewhere that laying quietly, thinking about nothing, e.g. focus on breathing only, is 80% as restful as sleep.
Also, drunken sleep is not restful. Folks that drink are chronically fatigued.
Booze does nothing good for sleep.
I don't even take melatonin. It alters natural melatonin production.
It is hard not to worry sometimes.
Trust me, you will live, and if you stay totally clean e.g. no sleep meds, you will adapt to normal in time.
It is all about suffering.
When I crave I think of the next day after effects:
high blood pressure, sleep issues, strength loss, immune system compromise (sick).
BpSSS. My mantra.
Studied "alcohol kindling" and "alcohol PAWS."
Last intoxication: 8 May 15.