Sleep problems -PTSD

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Crystal Arber:

Sleep Problems – PTSD

How do I get to sleep? If your PTSD is severe and has been ongoing for years, likely you have changed your sleep wake phase cycle. This means that you have created a brain pathway that can look like waking up every hour, or two, or sleeping in the day and not at night. Luckily we can change this through understanding sleep hygiene.

Sleep Hygiene means going to bed at the same time and getting up at the same time no matter what. You will need to be very diligent about this for several weeks. Eventually if you stick to this plan, you will be too tired to stay awake and over time you  will change your sleep wake phase cycle.

If you are struggling with intrusive thoughts are flashbacks, then you will need to orientate yourself to the present.

Tricks that help  orientate  your brain…

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