Trauma, Stress, and Restorative Sleep

The last several months of 2012 brought many traumatic and stressful events, from the presidential election to Hurricane Sandy. These general stressors add to our personal stress and trauma, and can cause our brains to suffer chronic hyper-arousal, which affects the quality of our sleeping and dreaming and is one of the main causes of insomnia. We can, however, learn how to rewire our brain, establish new neural connections, and achieve more restorative sleep through mind-body medicine practices. These practices are inexpensive, effective, and easy to implement by ourselves or with the help of a mental health clinician and include affirmations, mindfulness, brain focus, and various physical actions.

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