Are PTSD Nightmares Therapeutic?

This is often a concept offered to trauma survivors:  their terrible dreams are helping them heal.  They need to suffer through the fear and racing heartbeats in order to recover and grow. Well, let’s unpack this a bit more.  Like a lot of things, there is some truth to this, and a big distinction betweenContinue reading “Are PTSD Nightmares Therapeutic?”

Are Your Antidepressant Meds Making You Feel Stupid and Keeping You Awake?

Trauma survivors often heard people say really awful things about their abilities in childhood.  “You are so dumb” is one of them.  The truth usually is that they are being gaslit or groomed for later abuse.  There is nothing wrong with their intelligence.  But when an adult trauma survivor finds that they can’t remember simpleContinue reading “Are Your Antidepressant Meds Making You Feel Stupid and Keeping You Awake?”

Why Does Tech Torpedo Sleep?

Everyone loves their devices. Everyone. Except your brain and body.   Your brain gets glitchy with doom scrolling, and how much it loves the simple rewards of clicking through things rather than diving deep into stuff.  It goes right into a high Beta brainwave state, where it is hyper focused but vulnerable to anxiety andContinue reading “Why Does Tech Torpedo Sleep?”

Should Trauma Survivors Avoid Taking Naps?

A lovely long nap seems like a gift.  And for trauma survivors who fear sleeping at night, a nap might be their most peaceful sleeping time. It can also be the major contributor to their sleep terrors and nighttime insomnia. The reasons for this are not a mystery to sleep scientists.  They don’t have toContinue reading “Should Trauma Survivors Avoid Taking Naps?”

Why Your Nightcap Could Torpedo Your Expensive Trauma Therapy

It is pretty common for trauma survivors to look to alcohol to take the edge off at the end of a rough day.  Most days are challenging when you have DID.  Some days it feels like 5 pm by noon.  Or earlier. A small glass of wine or a single bottle of brew seems quiteContinue reading “Why Your Nightcap Could Torpedo Your Expensive Trauma Therapy”

Revenge Bedtime Procrastination: How it is Different for People With DID?

Question:   Why would anyone take revenge on themselves as trauma survivors? Answer:     They (incorrectly) think they are getting a reward. Revenge Bedtime procrastination is something that people without trauma histories do all the time.  Adults with DID aren’t alone with this one. It is when you have had a full day, withContinue reading “Revenge Bedtime Procrastination: How it is Different for People With DID?”

Three Common Sleep Issues for Trauma Survivors (and an effective treatment for nightmares!)

Trauma survivors with and without DID often have sleep-related problems.  They are so common, in fact, that it leaves many providers wondering if disordered sleep should be a component of the next DSM diagnostic criteria. I will leave that to the psychiatrists.  Today’s post is about sleep behaviors that scare adults with DID, and whyContinue reading “Three Common Sleep Issues for Trauma Survivors (and an effective treatment for nightmares!)”

Could You Use Stimulus Control Therapy to Work With Parts?

Stimulus Control Therapy is a behavioral strategy for insomnia.  Put simply, you create a sleep environment that subconsciously messages you that you are there…to sleep.  You do not remain in bed if you can’t sleep, but you also don’t use your bed for hanging out during the day.  Your actions are calm and purposeful, andContinue reading “Could You Use Stimulus Control Therapy to Work With Parts?”

Could Getting Better Sleep Decrease Your Response to Trauma Triggers?

Well, we really don’t know for sure. What we do know is that sleep deprivation is, to put it technically, really bad for your brain. Bad in so many ways.  It negatively affects so many other organ systems as well.  But we do know that affects the brain in ways that make it easier toContinue reading “Could Getting Better Sleep Decrease Your Response to Trauma Triggers?”

Sleep And DID: Could Better Sleep Be As Important As Therapy?

Matthew Walker PhD doesn’t treat adults with DID.  But perhaps he should.     He is a sleep researcher, possibly one of the best in the world, and one with an amazing book that makes it clear that your physical AND mental health, and your sleep quality, are inseparable.   If you are a scienceContinue reading “Sleep And DID: Could Better Sleep Be As Important As Therapy?”