Doctors Discover New Sleep Disorder Affecting Soldiers and Veterans after Trauma

Any veteran deployed in an active combat situation can tell you, getting a good night’s sleep is often impossible. A recent study performed by doctors at Madigan has found that sleep may continue to elude many veterans even after their service is complete.

A new condition called Trauma-associated sleep disorder (TSD) is causing concern among military medical officials. Symptoms can range from harmless to traumatic and may include the following.

  • Sleepwalking
  • Thrashing
  • Restlessness
  • Tossing and turning
  • Flailing
  • Screaming
  • Hitting bed partners

There have been some studies on sleep disorders in soldiers and veterans, but it was not until doctors observed connected traits in a group of soldiers treated at Madigan that the researchers discovered the new sleep condition. Doctors are looking at disruptive nocturnal behaviors, nightmares, and rapid eye movement sleep without atonia as components of TSD.

Researchers believe the conditions associated with TSD are linked to traumatic experiences, such as combat situations. Many of the soldiers studied at Madigan had REM sleep with dream enactment, often of traumatic, nightmareish dreams, which caused the harmful sleep movement. Doctors are now working on further studies to determine the full causes and hopefully better understand TSD and how to treat the potentially disabling condition.

A good night’s sleep is necessary for any individual to lead a healthy and happy life. If you are a veteran with disabling conditions (physical or mental) that make sleep and quality of life difficult, you may qualify for veterans disability benefits.

At the Law Offices of Veterans Help Group our attorneys advocate for veterans who developed disabling conditions during or due to their military service. If you believe you are eligible or you have been denied disability benefits by the VA, contact our veteran’s disability firm today 1-855-855-8992.