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Updated February 15, 2011

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Many people with PTSD may experience difficulties concentrating or have problems with their memory. In fact, memory and concentration problems are considered symptoms of PTSD. Other symptoms of PTSD may also have a negative impact on memory and concentration. For example, people with PTSD often experience difficulties sleeping, and poor sleep can definitely affect your ability to concentration and stay focused during the day. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to improve your memory and concentration. The websites listed in this article provide tips on how to do just that.

How to Improve Your Sleep

It is common for people with PTSD to experience sleep problems. In fact, difficulty falling and/or staying asleep is considered one of the hyperarousal symptoms of PTSD, and studies have found that sleep problems are one of the most commonly reported symptoms reported by people with PTSD. Poor sleep can have a tremendous negative influence on your ability to concentrate and stay focused during the day. By improving your sleep, you may be able to also improve your ability to concentrate and remember things. This article provides some helpful tips for improving your sleep.

Improve Attention and Memory By Being More Mindful

The symptoms of PTSD can be very distracting, and as a result, a person's memory, concentration, and attention may suffer. Mindfulness can be an excellent way of improving your present-moment awareness, and consequently, your ability to stay focused. This article provides a list of basic mindfulness exercises that anyone can do.

Tips for Improving Your Memory at About.com

If you are a student and have PTSD, you might find it difficult to study or maintain focus during class. Fortunately, Kendra Van Wagner, About.com Guide to Psychology, provides a list of helpful strategies that can boost your memory. The techniques she has compiled are established strategies from the cognitive psychology literature and offer a number of great ways to improve memory, enhance recall, and increase retention of information.

Concentration Tips from About.com

Sam Horn, writing about Alternative Medicine for About.com, provides five techniques for improving your concentration. Sharon O'Brien, About.com Guide to Senior Living, also provides some excellent techniques for improving concentration.

Tips for Memory Enhancement

Helpguide.org provides a long list of tips for improving your memory. This website provides information on the different types of memory, as well as how memories are formed and maintained. The website also includes brain exercises for improving your memory and tips for enhancing memory by improving your physical health.

Memory Tips from the Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic provides a list of seven ways to improve your memory if you are suffering from memory loss. The strategies include staying organized, improving your physical health, and managing chronic health conditions.

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