Insomnia is a condition where people find it difficult to fall asleep, have troubled sleep or may not get complete sleep and wake up too early.
This can be due to mental health conditions like depression, PTSD , anxiety etc or physical issues like chronic pain, restless legs syndrome or may be the result of some substances or medications. Whatever the reason is though chronic insomnia have long lasting effects.

I suffer with insomnia due to complex ptsd and chronic pain. I find it difficult to fall asleep , it generally takes me hours to go to sleep and even though I get sleep it’s very light sleep and I wake up in few hours completely fatigued.

With trauma often people find it difficult to get a good sleep. Their body generally live in fight and flight mode. And they wake up with flashbacks and nightmares during sleep. Flashbacks means re- experiencing the trauma in dreams and feeling the same emotions, fear and hopelessness. Often nights I wake up horrified and sobbing. Such constant episodes affect the sleep. And also the fear and hyper-arousal results in release of Aderline, so it may take hours to return to normal state and go back to sleep. I hardly get 4-5 hours sleep. Therefore I generally wake up exhausted , foggy and unable to concentrate in anything.

Also I have episodes in every few days where I can’t sleep for 70-80 hours straight and my mind becomes hyper alert. Nothing helps me to sleep at such time. By the end of 2-3 days I feel horribly sick, nauseous and start hallucinating. Living with insomnia is tough and life altering.

However here are few tips to help with insomnia.
1. Lavender essential oil has sedative effects. Rub few drops and diffuse some in your bedroom for a good sleep.

2. Try to sleep in a cool, comfy and dark room.

3. Chamomile tea has stress relieving properties.

4. CBT therapy for insomnia and solving out stressful situations.

5. Melatonin is a hormone that regulate sleep. And it is available over the counter in tablet form.

6. Remember your bed should be the place for sleep only avoid staying in bed too much or studying there, resting, watching TV or playing. By this you train your mind that when you are in the bed you have to sleep.

7. Your psychiatrist may provide you medicines like lorezpam, clonazepam , olanzpine, zolpidem etc.

8. Switch off your phone , lights and other screens 2 hours before your sleep time.

9. Maintain a sleep schedule, try to go to sleep at fixed timings.

10. Keep yourself relaxed and do some deep breathing if you are unable to sleep.