Sleep Disorders a ‘Normal,’ Stand-Alone Response to Combat?

Sleep disorders are common among the military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Soldiers’ sleep-wake cycles are altered due to shiftwork and the necessity to stay up to carry out their work.  Sleeping less hours has brought forward mental health-related issues. Sleep problems within veterans, even amongst those who served in Vietnam, can last for decades.

We also looked at severity, thinking that perhaps patients with more severe PTSD had obstructive sleep apnea but that didn’t bear out either,” lead investigator Capt. Vincent F. Capaldi, ScM, MD, told Medscape Medical News. The same held true for TBI,

Untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnea may complicate treatment of underlying posttraumatic stress disorder , PTSD , amongst patients.  It remains to be seen whether CPAP would decrease PTSD symptoms as well as insomnia and nightmares due to sleep disturbances amongst the veterans.

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