People need a wide variation of sleep and can range from 1-10 hours a day. Sleep problems are a common symptom for people who are recovering from traumatic events. Disturbing thoughts of reenactment, rescue or reunion may interfere with one's sleep cycle. Here are some advices that you may want to try:
* No reading or watching TV in bed. These are waking activities.
* Don't get involved in any kind of anxiety provoking activities or thoughts.
* Do some breathing exercises or try to relax major muscle groups, starting with the toes and ending with your forehead.
* Your bed is for sleeping, if you can't sleep after 15-20 minutes, get up and do something relaxing.
* Exercise in the afternoon or early evening, but no later than 3 hours before bedtime.
* Don't over-eat, and eat 2-3 hours before bedtime.
* Listen to calming music or a self-hypnosis tape for sleep.