What is hypervigilance?
Hypervigilance is an over-activated nervous system. Though it is a classic symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anyone can experience hypervigiliance. When this is happening you are constantly looking for threats within your surroundings. Hypervigilance can make it hard to focus on important things and cause you to feel more irritable.
Hypervigilance and sleep
- Disrupted rapid eye movement (REM) sleep — the sleep stage in which you typically experience dreams
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