Tips for Trauma-Related Sleep Problems

The experience of trauma can have a significant and long-term impact for survivors. Besides effecting a person’s psychological, emotional and physical well-being, trauma can also interfere with a person’s normal sleep cycle. Traumatic stress can lead to a variety of sleep problems. When the autonomic nervous system is activated, the brain becomes flooded with neurochemicals, such as epinephrine and adrenaline. These neurochemicals can make it difficult to wind down at the end of the day and interrupt your normal sleep cycle. This can lead to insomnia and other sleep-related problems, nightmares, daytime fatigue and concentration difficulties due to sleep deprivation. SLEEP DISTURBANCES F

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