Troubled Sleep a Sign of Relapse for Recovering Alcoholics
A recent study in the December issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research reported some interesting findings regarding the probability of recovery for alcoholics. Specifically, the study showed that patients recovering from alcoholism who have difficulty sleeping might have a higher risk of returning to drinking than those that do not. The following is an excerpt of an article that reviews the findings of the study:
The researchers analyzed sleep quality of 18 recovering alcoholics (mean age 44.6, 50% female, mean abstinence 20 days) with a clinical diagnosis of insomnia as part of a larger randomized trial of Neurontin (gabapentin) for relapse to alcohol use. They monitored sleep on two nights three weeks apart and compared measures to outcomes during two consecutive six week follow-up periods.
On the first night, patient-reported time awake after sleep onset and the accuracy of this measure, compared with polysomnography, predicted later frequency of drinking (P and PP<0.02).