Ah, sleep. So elusive. Sometimes, I’m so tired, I start dreaming when my eyes are closed for more than a few seconds … but strangely, I am simultaneously wide awake.
How are you all sleeping, neurokin? Be well. ❤️
Many autistic people have trouble sleeping. Sensory sensitivities, comorbid chronic illness/conditions/pain (ie. Ehlers-Danlos, MCAS, etc.), anxiety, change in routine, and more can contribute.
As evidenced by my first entry in this post, PTSD can also play a role. Many autistic people have been traumatized and suffer from PTSD and/or c-PTSD.
The sexual assault I experienced (one in a long long list of many) gave me vivid flashbacks, racing thoughts, pounding heart, and intense fear.
Autistic people are significantly more likely to be the victims of sexual assault. If you are victim, please remember: you are not at fault. You did not deserve or ask for it.
Support is available. Please follow the link below for a list of international support organizations.