A 25-year-old member asked:
Disclaimer

does ptsd cause problems with sleeping at night?

5 doctor answers
Dr. Ranji Varghese
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
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
2
2 thanks
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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
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
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:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month

Related questions:

A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernard Seif
39 years experience Clinical Psychology
PTSD and other: anxiety disorders can cause GI symptoms. They easily trigger the Fight Flight Freeze response which tends to shut down digestion and anything not nee ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chirag Patel
Specializes in Neurology
Unknown: The clear etiology is unknown, but is commonly seen when fatigued long-term. There is no large body of evidence linking it to sleep disorders, fibromy ... Read More
A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
56 years experience Psychiatry
Ptsd: Nightmares r a sx of ptsd prazosin sometimes helps-see a therapist who has experience with ptsd--as u probly know we don't have great treatment for p ... Read More
2
2 thanks
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Has your doctor: considered an off label of prazosin for your nightmares/ insomnia? Are you working with a provider who has expertise in PTSD? Don't know what type ... Read More
2
2 thanks

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month