The National Sleep Foundation describes how a traumatic event can cause sleep disturbances, and offers suggestions to help you sleep better:
- Problems falling asleep can result from anxiety, recurring thoughts of the trauma, feeling that you "can't let your guard down," and flashbacks.
- Nightfall and darkness may increase anxiety.
- Nightmares may be common, causing you to awaken and making it difficult to fall asleep again.
- To sleep better, pick a spot where you feel safe and comfortable. It doesn't necessarily have to be your bedroom.
- Don't eat or drink much right before bedtime.
- Take time to relax before bed. Let go of your anxieties, listen to music, read, or take a bath to help you feel calm and relaxed.