DRCC Resource: Coping with Nightmares (2022)
18 January 2022
Distressing nightmares and disturbed sleep are common symptoms of sexual violence and trauma. They can increase anxiety before going to bed and provoke intense fear on awakening. You might feel like you are reliving the traumatic event or doubt your sanity.
But for many survivors, they are a normal part of recovery and a way to unconsciously work through what has happened. Although nightmares can be extremely scary, there are ways to reduce their likelihood and intensity, and to access good quality sleep and healing.
Learn more about what people have nightmares, what you can do to improve your sleep, practising mindfulness before bed, a suggested script to say before sleeping and some ideas to try if you have a nightmare.