How Trauma Affects Sleep?
Trauma plays a huge role in your sleeping patterns.
You will either find yourself sleeping too much or not at all.
If you're sleeping too much it’s because you're still in that fighter flight mode.
You may feel as though you're in your trauma still.
You may be fearful of falling asleep thinking the worst will happen again.
If you have had a solid good sleep, or nap then suddenly find yourself in a nightmare or flashbacks that may seem all too real.
Otherwise you may find your self sleeping too much, especially if you have taken a leave of absence from work.
All your emotions and thoughts may just be all too much, and can become out of control and consume you if you're not getting the proper treatment.
I know this all too well because I wanted to escape everything I felt.
Instead of going to the gym after work I would come home and sleep to escape the pain temporarily.
It was a band aid fix to run from emotions, which would soon catch up with me and almost take my life.
If you're not sleeping at all it can catch up to you pretty quickly and drain you mentally and physically, and emotionally.
The average hours of sleep you should have is seven to eight hours of straight sleep.
If sleeping too much or too little is an issue , I recommend speaking to your doctor as soon as you can. They have some recommendations that are best suited for you.
It’s important to make sure that you are taking care of yourself.
You don’t want these issues such as sleep to be recurring.
You want to get to the route of the problem.
You may even want a referral to a sleep doctor that may provide additional information.
You may even decided you want to address this with your counselor, or group therapy for that matter.
Here are a few home strategies that may be effective in order for you to get a goodnight sleep.
I would suggest stretching, journaling your thoughts and feelings, yoga, meditation, deep breathing, even having a night light in your room, calming music, calling a friend or family member before sleeping, counting objects, focusing on the colours in the room, drawing, reading a book before bed.
I suggest trying all these strategies to see which one would be best suited for yourself, in order to get that goodnight sleep you deserve and need so your body can start to properly heal from the trauma.