Study Hopes to Evaluate & Improve Veterans’ Sleep Disorders

Servicemembers’ and veterans’ sleep habits are being evaluated in a new study conducted by Johns Hopkins University. Through a partnership with VetAdvisor, a veterans’ wellness firm, a national sleep survey is being conducted with the expected input of 5,000 veterans and servicemembers.

Sleep disorders may factor into disability ratings for veterans who are seeking veterans’ disability benefits. Those diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or brain injuries are often diagnosed with sleeping problems, but veteran sleep disorders may also occur without these related disabling conditions.

Poor Veteran Sleep Rates

The “Sleep Disruption Among Returning Combat Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan” report presented at the 2011 American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting revealed that servicemembers engaged in combat during service were prone to sleep disorders even without suffering injury.

According to an Army news release, in 2008 there were approximately eight percent of active duty soldiers taking prescription medications to treat sleep problems. Soldiers deployed in Iraq only received about 5.6 hours of sleep per night, 0.8 hours less than the recommended amount for adults to feel rested.

The new survey is attempting to collect information on the sleep patterns and concerns of veterans and servicemembers. This may help in determining disability ratings and making decisions regarding veterans’ disability benefits.

The Importance of Veteran Sleep Health Assessments

Sleep is necessary for the body to function properly and a lack of sleep can increase the severity of many disabling conditions. During a veteran’s disability ratings review, overall health is assessed. If a veteran is filing for veterans disability benefits for a mental health issue such as PTSD or any injury resulting in brain damage, sleep may be an important factor in disability ratings.

Even if sleep disorders are not related to a disabling condition, they still need to be addressed to help promote good health for veterans. The study is seeking to assess not only the types of veterans sleep disorders that impair our servicemembers, but also preferred methods of treatment and assessment.

The research team hopes to determine how veterans would like to receive help for sleep disorders. Knowing this may help the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) develop better programs for recipients of veterans’ disability benefits and those seeking health care through the VA hospital system.

Veterans Sleep Disorders and Veterans Disability Benefits

A disability rating is necessary when applying for veterans disability benefits to determine the level of compensation to which you may be entitled. Applying for veterans disability benefits involves documentation of military service, health assessments, and disability ratings. At the Law Offices of Veterans Help Group our attorneys are ready to help. Veterans’ sleep disorders may qualify for disability benefits, so contact us to review your case   1-855-855-8992.