Sleep and recovery from addiction
Previous studies conducted by Professor Jo Neale and Professor Sarah Nettleton, found sleep to be a critical issue for drug users. Their findings prompted further empirical questions such as: How, why and in what ways do sleep, drug dependence and recovery interact, and with what consequences?
Our research began with a two year British Academy grant (2014-2016). We undertook 30 qualitative interviews with men and women who were in residential treatment for drug and alcohol dependence. Participants also wore actiwatches. Actiwatches are small watch-like devices which measure movement and yield data which are used to approximate sleep-wake variables such as ‘sleep efficiency’.
We have also held a two day conference on the meanings of recovery (funded by the Foundation for Sociology of Health and Illness) and a series of interdisciplinary workshops which discussed the possibilities of moving towards a more sociologically informed intervention for sleep in recovery. This works continues to-date. The team are also involved in the development of a Patient Reported Outcome Measure of Sleep in Recovery.