Spotlight on Sleep, trauma, and anxiety

Psychiatric disorders associated with anxiety and autonomic arousal, such as trauma-based disorders and anxiety disorders, are well known to be associated with a variety of sleep complaints, most commonly insomnia and nightmares. A review of trauma-based disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder and anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and specific and social phobia are provided, along with typical subjective and objective sleep profiles.

In this article, Dr. Rebekah Jakel of Duke University discusses the bidirectional relationship between anxiety symptoms and sleep and highlights studies examining the role of sleep disturbances in the development and exacerbation of such disorders, particularly posttraumatic stress disorder.

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