The first victim of a trauma – your sleep

In the case of any trauma, the first impact on the victim is her/his sleep.

As I’ve stated before, an amputation is a trauma – both physical and emotional in nature. Emotional trauma, through the loss of a loved one, either due to separation, breakup, divorce or due to death, is the most common for of trauma that people experience. What ever the case may be, the first function impact on the victim’s life is the loss of sleep.

As a matter of fact, I can go as far as to state that if you have not lost sleep due to a certain event, it cannot be qualified as traumatic, irrespective of the nature of your loss.

The loss of sleep has a chain effect on everything that goes on in your life. The first impact is a decrease in metabolism, and changes in hormones. you become more emotional and less hungry. This causes you to eat less, and eat wrong. One will mostly crave caffeine and sugar due to a loss of sleep. All of this can have a cumulative downward spiralling effect that can lead to severe insomnia, addictions, anger issues etc.

So, if you are aware that you have had a traumatic event in your life, make sure to put in a conscious effort to get at least 7 hours of sleep for a period of at least 6 months after the trauma.

There are many strategies that you can adopt during your day time activities to facilitate a long deep sleep cycle. I will be writing about those in my future posts.