We’re busy editing the next season of podcasts, so I thought I’d post something quick for you…
One common result of betrayal trauma is insomnia. Many, if not most, of my clients have struggled with it.
You have probably noticed this dynamic: It’s one thing to not sleep, but it’s worse when you have a lot to do the next day. Because then just the fact that you’re not sleeping can cause enough stress to make it harder to drift off again.
I’ve had many nights like that: I struggled with insomnia through most of my life, but it got worse after the last D-Day. And while it’s gotten better since my healing years, it still comes around from time to time.
So today I thought I’d share something I heard last year:
Resting is nearly as beneficial as sleep.
Here’s the tip:
Remembering this when I can’t sleep allows me to stop worrying about the fact that I’m not sleeping. It calms my mind enough to not stress about it so much that it keeps me awake.
I know there’s debate on how long to stay in bed when you’re tossing and turning, but I’ve found this information very helpful in calming my mind enough to keep my body from tossing and turning, allowing it to rest instead… sometimes resting enough to fall back asleep.
I hope this helps.
Have you struggled with sleep issues? What have you found helpful over the years?