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Arming Yourself to Defeat Insomnia and Nightmares Caused by Deployment


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Arming Yourself to Defeat Insomnia and Nightmares Caused by Deployment

The importance of sleep goes beyond improving your mood or making those bags under your eyes disappear. Adequate sleep is a vital requirement to keeping the body and mind healthy. Yet despite the fact that sleep is essential for health and general wellbeing, thousands of military spouses and children do not get enough sleep and experience various sleep problems such as insomnia and nightmares.

Feeling the Burden of Deployment at Night

One of the biggest challenge in being married to a member of the military may be most felt when the loved one is deployed to a duty station. As a military spouse, you may not only worry about your soldier’s safety, but you may also shoulder a large share of family responsibilities alone while they are away. Not surprisingly, you may spend each night struggling to fall asleep, tossing and turning in bed thinking both of your spouse and children until the morning sun finds you still wide awake.

Nightmares can also be an occurrence that haunts you. Even if you’ve not experienced the trauma of being in a war zone, the thoughts of having a spouse in combat may be enough to give you recurring and intense nightmares. Oftentimes, you may find yourself waking up in sweat, unable to get back to sleep again.

What Insomnia and Nightmares May Become

Sleep deprivation can affect the brain function in solving problems, making decisions, reacting to situations, and/or managing emotions. Lack of sleep can result in mood swings, irritability, depression, and even thoughts of self-harming behavior. All of which may be difficult if you view these symptoms as not being part of the military culture where not only the soldiers are expected to be tough, but the military spouses as well.

Based on data from New England Journal of Medicine, military spouses have the highest risk of experiencing emotional and psychological distress. Unfortunately, the nightly burdens are poorly documented. What is clear is that deployment is putting a heavy strain on military spouses and children, possibly making them vulnerable to depression, anxiety, and sleep disorder, like insomnia and nightmares.

Getting Rid of Your Vicious Bedmates

It can be important to note that insomnia and nightmares are both common symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Like most individuals experiencing these sleep disorders, you or your children may benefit from counseling to find out the specific root causes of your nightly distress as this may be an indicator of depression or anxiety.

If insomnia and nightmares are your constant bedmates, preventing you from having pleasant dreams, then by all means it may be time to get rid of them. Fight back with help available from a licensed, independently contracted counselor. Call Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC right away. Well-trained counselors with extensive experience in treating sleep problems like yours are available. Call now and request an appointment. Together with your therapist, find your way back to nights of restful sleep even while your spouse is deployed.

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Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC contracts with Licensed professional counselors/therapists/psychologists who provide a friendly, caring, and relaxed atmosphere in the Southern Pines/Pinehurst/Aberdeen/Raeford area. These independently contracted therapists/counselors assist adult individuals, couples, families, and children with resolving issues and getting back to enjoying their lives. Whether you are non-military or military, the independently contracted therapists with Carolina Counseling Services-Southern Pines, NC are able and happy to assist you!

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Carolina Counseling Services - Southern Pines, NC
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Southern Pines, NC 28387

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    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Adults, Families and Couples, Anxiety, PTSD, Trauma and Abuse Recovery, Depression, Military Life Issues, Adjustment Disorder, Relationship Issues, Marriage Counseling, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Therapy, Addictions, Emotional Disturbance, Coping Skills, Impulsivity, Grief and Loss, Self-Esteem
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    Specializes in: (Ages 3+) Individuals, Adolescents, Adults, Couples, Children and Families, Attention Deficit, Oppositional Defiance, Behavioral Issues, Peer Relationship, Coping Skills, Family Conflict, Depression, Anxiety, Parenting, Christian Counseling
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  • Kelly ErkenBrack, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 3+) Children, Teens, Adults, Couples and Families. Anxiety, Depression, Grief and Loss, Mood Disorders, Trauma, Adjustments and Life Transitions, ADHD, Behavioral Issues, Parenting, Relationship Concerns, Self Esteem
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