Could my insomnia be caused by post-traumatic stress disorder?

Yes, insomnia is a common reaction to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Nightmares in which you re-live the traumatic event can disrupt your sleep, and after frequent occurrences, might make you feel afraid to fall asleep. Being on “high alert” as a result of continuing to feel threatened by danger can prevent you from falling asleep in the first place. You may find that you are a light sleeper after experiencing trauma, and wake easily at the slightest noise.

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