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?”

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?”