Diverting the Pathway to Substance Misuse by Improving Sleep
Technical Report,01 May 2014,31 Oct 2018
Howard University Washington United States
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Sleep disturbances are very common among those with recent deployments and sleep problems are associated with other psychiatric symptoms and misuse of alcohol and other substances. The experience of being on guard and potential threat appears to contribute substantially to these problems and is not explicitly addressed by established insomnia treatments. The purpose of this study is to develop and evaluate a treatment for sleep problems related to military deployments. The intervention targets nocturnal vigilance and other maladaptive sleep behaviors. We are evaluating its impact on sleep problems and alcohol and substance use habits.