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Issues with sleep

When you have experienced trauma, it can really impact your sleep. This is because your body is hyper vigilant to any threats, so it has difficulty getting to a calm place where you can nod off to sleep. Some survivors also find that they have racing thoughts before going to bed, which makes getting to sleep difficult. For other people, being in a bed can be triggering because that is where the abuse took place. Sleep can also be disrupted by nightmares. Sleep is a really difficult issue for lots of survivors and different things help different people, but these are some ideas that have helped some of the young survivors at the Rosey Project. As always, remember to be patient and gentle with yourself.

Some tips to help you sleep:

support impact on sleep

Illustration credit: https://lindsaybraman.com/sleep-hygiene-flowchart/

See also:

http://wellbeing-glasgow.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Insomnia-03-15.pdf

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