War Trauma Linked to Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea was more prevalent amongst post-Gulf War immigrants than in the pre-Gulf war immgrants . Other major chronic health issues such as cardiovascular disease would also become  part of their lives’ eventually.

“I was surprised, but we had a specific theory we wanted to test. Changes in the stress system would contribute to sleep apnea. What happens? Maybe it’s the stress that leads to this fractured sleep,” said Bengt Arnetz, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., School of Medicine professor of occupational and environmental health, deputy director of the Institute of Environmental Health Sciences at Wayne State, and the study’s principal investigator and first author. “No one had explored this possible link before, although basic research suggests it as plausible.”

More exposure to violence would cause more depression and PTSD .

Read the article : http://www.news-medical.net/news/20121016/Researchers-discover-why-people-exposed-to-war-more-likely-to-develop-chronic-diseases.aspx?page=2

A study was conducted to determine whether obstructive sleep apnea mediates the relationship between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and psychosomatic and somatic disorders and its implications for self-rated health (SRH) among Iraqi immigrants in the United States. For details go http://www.psychosomaticmedicine.org/content/74/8/824.short

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