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Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Sleep Disorders Increase Sixfold in Veterans; Women Especially Affected

Sleep—or, more precisely, the lack thereof—continues to complicate mental and physical health for veterans and military servicemembers.

PTSD

PTSD Treatment Affected by Sleep Quality

SAN DIEGO — Sleep quality appears to have a significant effect on the success of treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a veterans study.The study, led by researchers at the VA San Diego... View Article

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Poor Sleep Quality Linked to Reduced Veteran Resilience

Reduced resilience among veterans and returning military personnel might be linked to poor sleep quality, according to a recent study.

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Risk of Sleep Apnea Increases With PTSD Severity

SAN DIEGO — The likelihood of having a high risk of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) goes up with increasing severity of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, according to a study of young veterans.The study, which... View Article

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Therapy for Insomnia Reduces Suicide Ideation in Veterans

RAND Study: DoD Isn’t Doing Enough to Improve Sleep Health By Brenda L. Mooney WASHINGTON – Difficulty sleeping appears to be a significant contributor to suicide ideation in veterans, even more so than severe depression,... View Article

Department of Defense (DoD)

Researchers Target Sleep to Improve Outcomes in Servicemembers with Mild TBI

ARLINGTON, VA - Up to 93% of servicemembers who sustain mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBIs) or concussions experience insomnia and more than a third develop obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep disturbances also can exacerbate other symptoms such as pain and irritability as well as impair cognition and social functioning.

Mental Health

Sleep Problems Complicate PTSD Recovery

BETHESDA, MD – Recovery from post-traumatic stress and mood disorders can be complicated by sleep problems, which are common among active-duty servicemembers, according to a new study. R. Gregory Lande, DO, the author of the... View Article

Current Issue

Brief Cognitive Therapy Helps Insomnia Patients

GAINESVILLE, FL – Brief cognitive behavioral therapy can be highly effective in improving sleep in patients with insomnia. Sleep improved in 86% of insomnia patients who completed at least three sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy... View Article

Mental Health

Sleep Quality Affects Physical Activity in PTSD

SAN FRANCISCO – The worse the sleep quality, the lower the physical activity levels in veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). That’s according to a study from the San Francisco VAMC and the University of... View Article

2014 Compendium of Federal Medicine

Army Turns to NCOs to Combat Obesity, Related Issues, in Soldiers

While the vast majority of soldiers maintain healthy weights, bad habits developed during deployment and on military bases follow them after retiring from the Army. In fact, more than 70% of veterans end up overweight.... View Article

2014 Issues

Effective Treatments Touted for Insomnia That Affects Half of All Returning Troops

PITTSBURGH, PA — Insomnia and other sleep disorders, which affect one out of every two servicemembers or veterans who have been involved in recent military operations, complicate co-morbid conditions and can be difficult to manage.

2013 Issues

CPAP Shows Promise for Ending Disrupted Sleep/Nightmare Cycle in PTSD

By Brenda L. Mooney JACKSON, MS – For veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), disrupted sleep and nightmares can be a vicious cycle — one feeding the other. Now, new research in the relationship... View Article

2013 Issues

Too Little Sleep Raises Women’s Risk of Coronary Events

SAN FRANCISCO – Too little sleep, especially early awakening, plays a significant role in raising unhealthy levels of inflammation among women with coronary heart disease, according to a new study. Interestingly, the elevated inflammation affected... View Article

2013 Issues

Increase in Brain Cells with Histamine Linked to Narcolepsy

MISSION HILLS, CA — An excess of a certain type of brain cell, those containing histamine, may be the cause of the loss of hypocretin cells which has been found in narcolepsy patients, according to... View Article

2013 Issues

Some PTSD Sleep Medications Intensify Negative Memories

RIVERSIDE, CA – A new study could have significant implications for servicemembers suffering from insomnia related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Sleep researchers from University of California campuses in Riverside and San Diego found that... View Article

Department of Defense (DoD)

Many Servicemembers Sleep Less than Five Hours a Night

By Brenda L. Mooney TACOMA, WA – Short sleep duration (SSD) is widespread among active-duty military personnel, with more than 40% of the subjects in a recent study reporting less than five hours a sleep per... View Article

Department of Defense (DoD)

DoD, VA Seek Earlier Joint EHR Rollout

By Sandra Basu Then-Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta and VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki WASHINGTON — Then-Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta and VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki asked for a plan to speed... View Article

Department of Defense (DoD)

Alpha Blockers Tested as Potential Treatment for PTSD Symptoms

By Stephen Spotswood Col. Kris Peterson, Chief of the Psychiatry Department at Madigan, Tammy Williams, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Dr. Murray Raskind of the Puget Sound VA, want to help soldiers deal with combative... View Article

Army

Military Recruits Benefit from Later Sleeping, Rising Hours

FORT LEONARD WOOD, MO – Rise and shine may not work as well with young military recruits awakened too early. That’s according to a new study published in the journal Sleep that found that accommodating... View Article

Army

Heavy Use of Energy Drinks Blamed for Some Military Sleep Problems

By Brenda L. Mooney SILVER SPRING, MD — High consumption of energy drinks could be leading to sleep problems for deployed troops, potentially impairing military performance, according to a new study from the Walter Reed... View Article

Department of Defense (DoD)

Front-Line Clinicians Get Practical Advice To Help Combat Military Suicides

By Brenda L. Mooney ROCHESTER, MN — With sweeping new initiatives from the White House and elsewhere in response to the burgeoning military suicide rate, little guidance has been offered to the clinicians in the... View Article

August 2012

CPAP Use Improves Sexual Function in Younger Men

While continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP) improves rest and conditions related to sleep disruption, it has another benefit especially important to patients: an improvement in sexual function and satisfaction. Walter Reed National Military Medical... View Article

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

VA Patients More Likely to Suffer Sleep Apnea, Have More Treatment Options

By Annette M. Boyle Because of their unique demographics, VA patients are four to five times more likely to suffer from sleep apnea than the general population. They also have more options for treatment. Dawn... View Article

Department of Defense (DoD)

Promising Therapies Available for Sleep Disorders Frequently Related to PTSD and TBI

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON — Disturbed sleep is a common complaint for patients with PTSD and TBI, but military clinicians have some new tools to help treat the issue, according to experts. “Sleep problems are... View Article

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Claims Deadline Extended for Undiagnosed Gulf War Veterans

By Stephen Spotswood WASHINGTON — Continuing a pattern of easing the way for Gulf War veterans to seek care and compensation, VA has extended the presumptive period for them to file claims for benefits for... View Article

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Tackling Combat Trauma Head On Helps Resolve Sleep Disorders

BETHESDA, MD —A problem with insomnia, one of the shared symptoms of TBI and PTSD, sometimes can be overshadowed by what seem to be more serious, immediate symptoms. For those suffering from sleep disorders, however,... View Article

December 2011

Adequate Sleep Matters for Soldiers at Risk for Suicide

WASHINGTON — Insomnia symptoms may be an important predictor of suicidal ideation in military troops, a recent study found.1 For the study, researchers evaluated 311 soldiers (255 men and 56 women) who were recruited as... View Article

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