Sleep and Grief

Grief is an essential human experience. We’ll all experience grief throughout our lives, some of us more than others.

Just as grief affects all of us, it also pervades all aspects of our lives. When we are grieving, our thoughts are consumed by our loss. Food doesn’t taste as good. We’re less motivated to do things we used to find fun. It takes everything just to keep going through the motions of daily life.

And it’s tough to sleep. When we experience grief, it’s common to experience newfound insomnia, or to feel exhausted even if you are getting sufficient sleep.

How does grief affect our sleep, and what can you do to sleep better during bereavement?