Sleep Characteristics in Active Duty Service Members with PTSD: Novel Findings and Implications
59th Medical Wing San Antonio United States
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Sleep is increasingly recognized as a marker of overall psychological health and resilience. Military personnel can be at higher risk for developing sleep disorders, which negatively impact health, resilience, and operational readiness. Sleep complaints are also a hallmark of post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD and sleep disorders are common in patients with PTSD. Several reports have associated PTSD with obstructive sleep apnea OSA and sleep disruption. Mostof the existing literature on PTSD and sleep focuses on civilian cohorts or veterans. The few studies on active duty service members have been retrospective andor lacked controls, limiting conclusions. We sought to more definitively define the subjective and objective sleep characteristics of Active Duty Service Members with PTSD.
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