Why trauma will tire you out

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Last month we looked at what happens to your body after a traumatic experience. What we uncovered was a chemical cascade that led to post-traumatic hyper-arousal and post-traumatic hyper-vigilance. 

Both of these states are appropriate immediately after a trauma as they are required to ensure survival. Post-traumatic hyper-arousal is a description of a stress response that gets your body firing on all cylinders to ensure your survival. Post-traumatic hyper-vigilance is a description of how this stress response causes your mind to race, again, to ensure you will survive.

The outcome of living in these states is both physical and mental fatigue. This is why it is common to feel exhausted after a violent trauma and why more rest is required to recover.

The Sleep Foundation recommends getting more sleep than usual after a trauma.

If getting enough sleep at night is difficult, then it is recommended that you take time to relax and rest for brief times throughout the day. Taking short naps (15-45 minutes) may help your body re-enter a more calm state of rest.

You can also follow these tips to help you fall asleep more easily.

Whether your trauma is very recent or happened a very long time ago, it is recommended that you check in with a trauma counselor and get professional help if needed.

Ask your GP or local police station for the details of a recommended trauma counselor in your area.

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