A 25-year-old member asked:
does ptsd cause problems with sleeping at night?
5 doctor answers
Dr. Ranji Varghese answered
16 years experience Sleep Medicine
It can: Ptsd is a serious mental health condition that causes emotional disturbances, emotional detachment, flashbacks and at times nightmares of the incident. Nightmares that become recurrent can cause an anxiety of falling sleep. They can also disturb the sleep process resulting in daytime sleepiness. People with ptsd often describe difficulty getting and staying asleep.
Answered on Aug 10, 2012
Dr. Richard Levenson answered
31 years experience Clinical Psychology
PTSD: Ptsd is currently seen as a form of an anxiety disorder, and sleep disruptions can certainly occur. Vivid dreams and nightmares associated with the traumatic event can cause sleep difficulties and lead to fatigue during the day.
Answered on Dec 19, 2014
Dr. Heidi Fowler answered
24 years experience Psychiatry
Yes: Insomnia, rem sleep disorders, parasomnias - many sleep abnormalities are possible. Sleep is one of the hardest aspects of ptsd to treat. Organisms heal physically and mentally while they sleep. The absence of quality sleep makes recovery difficult for individuals with ptsd.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
Dr. Andrew Berry answered
13 years experience Clinical Psychology
YES: Combat veterans often go for days without sleep long after leaving the service. Waking up in a bed with sweat-soaked sheets from nightmares often happens as well.
Answered on Mar 8, 2015
Dr. Sherry Broadwell answered
22 years experience Clinical Psychology
Very commonly: Sleep problems are so common among those who suffer from PTSD that it has been argued to not simply be a symptom of PTSD, but possibly, an independent disorder. It is safe to say that sleep problems are a hallmark of PTSD. Sleep medications can help as can CBT-I (Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia), especially if in the context of overall treatment for PTSD.
Answered on Aug 1, 2016
90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:
People also searched for:
Connect by text or video with a U.S. board-certified doctor now — wait time is less than 1 minute!