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Is Your Sleep Issue PTSD?

I have always had a hard time falling asleep.  I wasn’t diagnosed with Chronic Hypo Mania aka Bipolar II till my late 20s, so spent two decades suffering from sleep issues.

Once I got properly medicated, I was able to manage it better, but, recently I’ve given some thought as to why, despite medications, I still have trouble with my sleep.

I think it’s PTSD.

Having knowledge of a lifetime of sleep troubles will stick with you. I remember when I was in grammar school I would panic when I couldn’t fall asleep right away, or would sleep a few hours then was up at 2 in the morning unable to release myself from the anxiety of knowing that I had to get up in a few hours, and know that I would have to fight not to fall asleep in class.

Last night I woke up at 2:30 am and spent the rest of the night in a panic knowing I had to get up and get to work by 7 am.  I felt the same emotions I endured in my childhood, and it was troubling.  People don’t often think of PTSD when they have sleep issues but think again.

It’s real.

Is Your Sleep Issue PTSD?

Erica Loberg

Erica Loberg was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She attended Columbia University in New York and graduated with a BA in English. She is a published poet and author of Inside the Insane, Screaming at the Void, What Men Should Know About Women, What Women Should Know About Men, Diamonds From The Rough and Undressed.

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Loberg, E. (2018). Is Your Sleep Issue PTSD?. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 23, 2019, from


Last updated: 30 Jan 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 30 Jan 2018
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