PTSD and Lack of Sleep
Nightmares and insomnia are both included in the diagnostic criteria for PTSD. So sleep is a bit of an issue for so many of us. If you’re dealing with PTSD , sleepless nights happen–you know they are going to happen, so there are a few things you can do to help you manage yourself when they do.
So what do you what do you do?
- Know that it’s going to happen (don’t get mad, just have a plan).
- Keep a list of things for yourself to work on or do if you’re having a bad night. These should be things that get you “out of your own head” and into something positive.
- Go to the gym.
- Read a book.
Sometimes just having a plan really helps.
If you haven’t already, check out my book #dealwithit: Living Well with PTSD. My wife and I talk about these and other management tools extensively there, or visit our website, drjohnaking.com for more articles and videos.