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Default Re: I can't sleep on my back: PTSD trigger

The best thing to do is to find a new way to sleep that feels "safe" to you. I tend to sleep on my side and because I am going through a lot and end up having a lot of pain in my chest muscles from cortizol build up, I also sleep with a heating pad that I hold against my chest and I have a pillow that I hug and it helps me feel safe and calm so I can sleep.

If I have a bad day and have been having a lot of those lately due to all the toxic things I am experiencing with my father's recent death and now my mother is dying, I get the chills bad. Actually, as I am sitting here typing this I have a heater blowing on my feet because I have been struggling with the chills as my mother is dying and my older sister is so toxic that I have chosen to just stay away.

The most important thing is to find a way to feel comfortable and safe so you CAN sleep. Sleep is important for our mental health. Often sleeping in the fetal position feels safest and that is what helps me. For me, when things are especially stressful I wake up with the chills. So I have a hairdryer I keep by my bed and I sit up and blow hot air on me and it REALLY helps to calm those chills down where I can relax again and try to go back to sleep. Some people take hot showers, some take a nice hot bath. For me the heating pad and hair dryer helps and I later read somewhere how the body warming up and cooling down does relax it. So you may want to keep that in mind if you happen to have an especially bad day or night.

Sorry about these intrusive challenges, do whatever you find works so you can calm down and sleep.
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