The Restless Pursuit of Rest: Insomnia in Benzo Withdrawal
Updated: Mar 23
Few things in life are more beneficial than a good night’s sleep. But for millions of people, especially those in benzo withdrawal, this is easier said than done. Learn some tips and tricks which may help you get the rest you so desperately need.
In today’s episode, we’ll tackle the withdrawal symptoms of insomnia and nightmares. We’ll also answer a question on taper symptoms, discuss how long psychological symptoms may continue, and join D for a personal anniversary celebration.
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00:57 Introduction 10:40 Mailbag 21:20 Feature 45:58 Moment of Peace
Today, we are going to take a look at sleeping symptoms in benzo withdrawal. This includes insomnia and nightmares. We also will answer a couple of questions from the mailbag, and share one comment. In addition, D will share a personal anniversary regarding his own recovery.
The following resource links are provided as a courtesy to our listeners. They do not constitute an endorsement by Easing Anxiety of the resource or any recommendations or advice provided therein.
THE ASHTON MANUAL: https://benzo.org.uk/manual/
FEATURE: Insomnia in Benzo Withdrawal
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