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I consider last night a sleep success for myself, because I fell asleep “normally” last night. Actually, it was this morning, at 3am (my son, Geoffrey and I were binge watching Hawaii Five-O) I got myself all cozy in bed and turned on a sleep meditation for busy minds and stress. Problems with falling asleep is an issue I have always had, but now it’s mostly caused by my CPTSD.
I must have fallen asleep immediately, because I don’t remember anything until my alarm went off at 7. I slept for a whole four hours, I am THRILLED. One thing I did do differently was NOT turn our Himalayan Salt Lamp on.
You may be thinking, “How can you call four hours of sleep, a good night?”. All my life I have suffered from sleep issues. Constant fatigue, has always been present. My parents used to say that I was “born tired and never rested”. Naps are a necessity for me. If I don’t take a nap during the day, then I get overtired and that exasperates the problem.
As an abuse survivor, night terrors are a constant part of my life. They can wake me up 2-3 times a night, then add in the trouble of falling asleep. This is why a full four hours is a happy occasion for me. It doesn’t happen often.
If you suffer from CPTSD or PTSD, Depression or Anxiety, feel free to reach out to me or anyone you feel comfortable with. If you are in distress, please contact the Suicide Hotline.