Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an increasingly common disorder that is twice as likely to occur to women.
If you've recently experienced a traumatic event, it's likely that a good night's rest won't come easy for you. Unfortunately, sleep is one element you need to help relieve your PTSD symptoms. With treatment, though, it's possible to get all the Zs you need.
PTSD is an anxiety disorder
PTSD is classified as an anxiety disorder because its primary symptoms result from a heightened state of awareness or sensitivity to external stimulation. In other words, your brain remains in a state of fight or flight for months or years after the trauma has ended.
Sleep disturbance is one of the primary symptoms of PTSD, in addition to other anxiety symptoms such as:
Agitation or aggression. People with PTSD are in a constant state of panic, so it's very common to "overreact" to loud noise, crowded rooms or any environment that overstimulates the brain.
Avoidance: Patients with PTSD often