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Traumatic Stress and Insomnia

How the Neuro Emotional Technique Helps Patients Get Better Sleep

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Sleep. We all need it. Without it, life can feel unmanageable. But for many Americans, getting adequate sleep can seem impossible. Research suggests that approximately 30% of the population experiences at least one symptom of insomnia, while about one in ten have diagnosable insomnia. Among those with a history of trauma, those numbers rise.

The Veterans Administration reports that at least nine of ten Vietnam veterans with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) report the presence of insomnia. Similar results occur in soldiers with PTSD from veterans of more recent deployments. Ninety-two percent of OEF/OIF (Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom) veterans with PTSD also have co-occurring insomnia.

There is a great need for better treatment of insomnia. All too often, medications are prescribed, which often masks the problem, but doesn’t treat it. With NET (Neuro Emotional Technique), I help my clients process traumatic memories, which can alleviate sleep symptoms.

Whether I’m working with military veterans, survivors of domestic violence or abuse, or people who have experienced any other number of traumatic events, the process is virtually the same. It’s all about helping the patient release the traumatic memories on a subconscious level, not merely talking about it.

In PTSD, the brain attempts to process traumatic memories by re-experiencing the trauma, often in the form of flashbacks, nightmares, and night terrors.

By briefly revisiting the traumatic event through NET, patients often report better sleep. I have witnessed how NET can alleviate night terrors, night time hallucinations, reduce nightmares, and how it can normalize sleep once again. I just want people to know there is hope. Things can get better.

Heidi McMeekin is a mental health counselor serving the Grand Blanc/Flint, MI area at Soulful Healing, LLC. As a therapist and a military veteran, she understands the need for effective treatment for sleep disorders. For more information, call 810-208-2487 or visit her website at More information on NET can be found at

Resources and citations:
• Insomnia: Definition, Prevalence, Etiology, and Consequences. Roth, Thomas. Journal ListJ Clin Sleep Medv.3(5 Suppl); 2007 Aug 15PMC1978319.
Sleep Problems in Veterans with PTSD. Gherman, Philip;
• Neuro emotional technique effects on brain physiology in cancer patients with traumatic stress symptoms: preliminary findings. Monti, D.A., Tobia, A., Stoner, M. et al. J Cancer Surviv (2017). doi:10.1007/s11764-017-0601-8

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