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Does ptsd cause problems with sleeping at night?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Richard Levenson
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Richard Levenson
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Dr. Sherry Broadwell
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Sherry Broadwell
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Andrew Berry
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Dr. Ranji Varghese
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ranji Varghese
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