How to Sleep with PTSD – 8 Tips

How to Sleep with PTSD – 8 Tips

Here are 8 tips for how to sleep better with PTSD, in honour of PTSD Awareness Day!

We know that individuals who have experienced trauma commonly have interrupted sleep or insomnia. Today we’re sharing some quick tips to help you to experience better sleep.  Find a quick video & your free handout at the bottom of this post!

Be Consistent

Go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time every day.

Bedroom Environment

Make your bedroom quiet and dark. Only use your bedroom for sleep.

peaceful bedroom environment for better sleep with ptsd

Disconnect from Devices

Turn off the electronics at least an hour or two before bed.

Stretching & Meditation

To reduce the muscle tension and calm your mind.

meditation for better sleep with ptsd

Avoid Large Meals & Hunger at Bedtime

To give your body enough time to properly digest the food that won’t disrupt your sleep. Don’t go to bed hungry.

Exercise Regularly

Exercise can help you fall asleep and deepen your sleep. Do not exercise within 3 hours of bedtime.

Avoid Long Naps

Naps longer than 30 minutes can disrupt our ability to fall asleep.

avoid long naps for better sleep with ptsd

Avoid Caffeine & Alcohol/Substance Use Before Bed

Caffeine, alcohol, and other substances can effect our ability to initiate sleep, cause awakenings in the night, and result in more shallow sleep overall.


How to Sleep Better with PTSD

Better Sleep Tips Handout

Please download your free Sleep Tips Handout and print and display it to remind yourself of these tips.

Tips for Better Sleep

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