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Illustration for mental health blog post


Bucks Family Network



Can sleep heal trauma?

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My illustration has been used in this blog post about how sleep can heal trauma.

Rapid eye movement (REM) Sleep is the stage of sleep where most dreams happen, its name comes from how our eyes move behind the eyelids while we are dreaming.
We have the innate ability to heal from our own distress built into our very core.

REM sleep is essential to cognitive functions like memory, learning and creativity.
There is no better reason to increase the amount of good quality sleep that we get, than to think of the 4 sleep cycles and a renewing, and integrating process that has the ability to heal and rejuvenate our minds and bodies.

REM sleep is the last of 4 stages of sleep and we typically go through 6 sleep cycles per night. When I work with clients especially young adults sleep often comes up as a concern, lack of sleep, broken sleep or not being able to switch off and fall asleep.

My curiosity is often then drawn to the how this lack of good sleep hygiene impacts both the physical and mental health of my clients. If we are potentially not going through the 4 stages of sleep the benefit of REM is lost, the integration and processing of our experience doesn’t happen.

Prioritise sleep for better physical and mental health.

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