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Bed Bug PTSD: Is There Rest After Bed Bugs?

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You may want to sleep tight and have a good night, but after you have been bitten once or twice by a bed bug, you may have a difficult time catching any winks at all. Bed bugs are not just a nuisance pest that you can swat, squash, and spray to eliminate, and the fact is, these little blood-suckers can leave you feeling somewhat emotionally traumatized. Your bed is supposed to be your safe place where you relax at the end of the day, but if it is harboring mini vampires that slip out under the veil of darkness to attack, there is little chance that your bed will feel like a safe place at all.

Evidence is showing that bed bug anxiety could be a real problem.

If you have been dealing with a bed bug problem in your home, you may even joke that you have been traumatized. However much it may seem comical that your entire life and sleep cycle could be interrupted by a little bug, there is actually some truth behind this idea. Recent studies have shown that there is evidence supporting the idea that bed bugs can cause real trauma. One survey among people who had struggled with bed bugs showed that of 474 respondents, 29 percent suffered from insomnia, 22 percent from emotional distress, and another 20 percent claimed they were suffering with anxiety.

The sooner you get professional help, the less traumatized you will be.

The bottom line is, if you have are waking in the middle of night to bites and itching or if you have spotted a few bugs, don't hesitate to get help from a professional pest control agent right away. The sooner you can get the treatment process started, the less likely it will be that you will experience stress that affects you while you try to sleep for the long term. Plus, the faster the process of elimination begins, the less of a chance you will have that your problem will grow into a major infestation that will take over your entire home.

Getting back to good nights after a bed bug infestation can take some changes.

If you are finding it difficult to feel relaxed in your bed even after pest treatment, you may have to make a few changes. Even though your mattress may be free of bugs, adding an encasement can help you relax, because it will be a layer of protection between you and your mattress. Some people find that getting rid of their old bed helps them feel better about going to sleep as well. With a few changes in your environment and your sleeping situation, you may be able to find relaxation.