No Clear Connection Found Between PTSD & Sleeplessness

It could likely help thousands of soldiers and veterans if a connection could be made between their post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and their sleeplessness. To many of them, there is no question that the 2 are connected. The latest study on if there is such a connection, unfortunately, was less than clear.

The study was conducted by the Minneapolis Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center. It did not come to a definite conclusion one way or another if a connected exists between PTSD and sleeplessness. In fact, the only conclusion they did reach was more research was necessary.

The study included participation from 26 veterans with lifetime PTSD. The study’s main goal was to establish what, if any, sleep issues may be tied to those soldiers and veterans suffering from PTSD.

Sleep associated problems seen with PTSD include:

  • Repeatedly waking up;
  • Nightmares;
  • Daytime drowsiness; and
  • Not being able to get enough sleep.

There are some common explanations as to why sleeplessness in PTSD patients occurs, ranging from hypervigilance to substance abuse. If further research is conducted, hopefully it will come to a more definitive conclusion that could lead to an eventual treatment plan.

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