Sleep Health Awareness and Trauma Resources

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While many people are aware of the fact that the amount of rest they get can affect their moods, few realize that PTSD, stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues in the aftermath of a traumatic event can trigger sleep disorders.

That’s why they’ve created these guides:
How does trauma affect sleep? What are the realities of trauma and how traumatic events can impact our sleep patterns and routines? Read the article learn more about common sleep disorders associated with trauma, treatment options, and resources that help segments of the population that are considered especially vulnerable to trauma-related symptoms (such as children and war veterans).
How grief changes sleep patterns Grief is an essential human experience. We’ll all experience grief throughout our lives, some of us more than others. Just as grief affects all of us, it also pervades all aspects of our lives. When we are grieving, our thoughts are consumed by our loss. Food doesn’t taste as good. We’re less motivated to do things we used to find fun. It takes everything just to keep going through the motions of daily life. And it’s tough to sleep. When we experience grief, it’s common to experience newfound insomnia, or to feel exhausted even if you are getting sufficient sleep. How does grief affect our sleep, and what can you do to sleep better during bereavement?
Sleep disorders in military veteran populations Getting the sleep we need is not always an easy task, and it can be an especially vexing problem for our veterans. Research shows that veterans face heightened challenges when it comes to sleep. In one study, a significant percentage of veterans and current service members — over 74% — reported symptoms consistent with insomnia, and this figure is even higher in veterans diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Lack of sleep can cause or contribute to a wide range of health issues. For example, it can exacerbate mental health problems like PTSD and depression, reinforcing sleeping problems. A sleep deficit can affect the cardiovascular and metabolic systems in complex ways. It can also disrupt cognitive function, create risks when driving, and lead to problems in the workplace. To understand more about this issue, we’ll review the current research about sleep disturbances for veterans, their possible causes and effects, and some of the treatments that may be helpful in addressing them.

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