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08.05.2014
I woke this morning thinking I really ought to post a memo for people with post-traumatic stress disorder telling you how to sleep. PTSD is a specific medical condition following a life-threatening event, or at least something your brain registers as life-threatening.
My own crash course in PTSD occurred in December of 1991 when I was trapped in the back of a runaway Checker Cab and smashed into oncoming traffic. I'll write more later in another post about PTSD and its natural course and symptomatolgy, and perhaps a little about the kinked accelerator cables that occurred in the Chevy Capri of the early 'nineties -- although that may violate some gag order I signed with GM. Suffice it to say that I had difficulty falling asleep after the crash -- after just a few moments asleep I was back in the cab, hurling through space to my death, falling into oblivion.
So you have PTSD, you long for sleep but dread the "falling," and especially the impact of the re-experienced trauma.
Day or night, lie comfortably on your back, your whole body loose, head on a small pillow, fingers interlaced, thumbs together, hands on your navel, eyes gently closed.
Assess your breathing, notice your lungs filling at the top and then gently pushing your belly up against your loosely clasped hands. Keep your eyes gently closed, but roll your eyeballs upward toward a point between your eyebrows.


Eventually you'll drift off, not into actual sleep but into "nidra sleep," a relaxed meditative state.
The mistake I think most people make about meditation for sleep is to try to use meditation to "get to" sleep. Our Guided Imagery products have been clinically proven to help adults and children manage stress, anxiety, pain and insomnia. It consists of recurrent brief traumatic nightmares that reprise the death threat event, trance like flashbacks triggered by other events evoking the original trauma, panic, depression, and of course the usual biological markers of psychiatric upheaval -- difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, despair in the morning, weight loss, fears of death while also wishing to be dead, and loss of one's usual ability to concentrate, have pleasure, or connect emotionally with other people. And the dream happened every night, ten times a night, and it kept me from "falling" asleep because I dreaded the falling through space.
This is the key step -- your belly pushes your hands an inch or two upward (gravitationally upward, away from the floor or mattress). They won't stay there, but keep at it, rolling them back while you're pushing your belly up against your hands.
In it you don't lose the sense of thoughts occurring and emotions present, but they are more distant. The bullet proof shield between driver and passenger closed around me, decelerating me over six inches and preventing my being thrown out, but it also trapped me in a vehicle surrounded by chaos, listening to the last moments of the dying driver, one "Buddy" Barry, a veteran driver for Checker.


Allow the breath to leave your chest, throat, nose, passively pushed up and out by the weight of your belly and hands.
I hope other PTSD sufferers can find a way to escape the terrors of the darkness, just by these breathing adjustments. It broke several bones in my body, but fortunately there were no serious internal injuries.
Try to focus on your eyes and your belly, and gently push out of your mind all the other things that want to intrude.
After some practice I found that I could go a whole four or five hours at night in nidra sleep and get up refreshed and functioning well for the following day.
The worst thing was the PTSD that followed, the visual and auditory replay of the accident.




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