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The Truth About Exhaustion after Quitting Alcohol

The Truth About Exhaustion after Quitting Alcohol

You may have been used to drinking in excess, passing out, and then waking up in the morning.

Even if you didn’t feel that your drinking interfered with your sleep, it’s very likely that your alcoholism has harmed your sleep patterns and overall sleep health. After finishing an alcohol detox program, some people find that they’re having trouble with sleep and exhaustion after quitting alcohol. So, what’s causing this post alcohol fatigue, and what can be done about it?

What Causes Exhaustion and Sleep Problems After Quitting Alcohol?

If you’re struggling with exhaustion after quitting alcohol, you’re likely dealing with sleep issues that are the culprit of your exhaustion. Sleep problems after quitting alcohol are more common than you may think, and there are several factors that can cause them. This post alcohol fatigue can be caused by1:

  • Disruptions to your circadian rhythm from heavy alcohol consumption
  • Liver damage, which influences energy levels
  • Dehydration

Each factor has a different influence on sleep and thus on exhaustion after quitting alcohol. Chronic drinking can cause disruptions to your body’s natural wake and sleep cycles (its circadian rhythm) which can result in sleep problems after quitting alcohol. Additionally, alcohol dehydrates your body, which can cause recovery fatigue.

How Liver Damage Can Cause Exhaustion After Quitting Alcohol

There are many illnesses related to alcoholism, with liver damage as one of the most common effects of chronic alcohol consumption. Patients who are struggling with liver cirrhosis, which is liver damage typically caused by chronic alcohol consumption, are more likely to experience sleep problems.2 Liver damage is associated with difficulties in sleep-wake cycles, but it’s not all bad news. Generally, sleep problems related to liver damage can resolve within three months after a person quits drinking.1

Fighting Exhaustion After Quitting Alcohol

So, how can these factors associated with early sobriety from alcoholism be treated? Generally, many of these problems resolve themselves within a few months of sobriety. But additional steps can be taken to help mitigate sleep problems after quitting alcohol. Newly sober people can get more restful sleep and avoid severe post alcohol fatigue by:

  • Staying hydrated
  • Eating healthier foods
  • Sticking to a routine, especially a nighttime routine
  • Exercising regularly

Call our team at Banyan Treatment Centers to learn more alcoholism recovery, medically monitored detox, rehab, and tips for staying energized in recovery. Call 888-280-4763 to learn more.


  1. Columbia University – Alcohol withdrawal and extreme fatigue
  2. NCBI – Symptoms of Daytime Sleepiness and Sleep Apnea in Liver Cirrhosis Patients
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