Insomnia, Sleep Disturbances Common Among Veterans With PTSD

nsomnia-related sleep complaints were found to be highly prevalent in veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to the results of a study published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress.

The researchers analyzed data from 1649 combat-exposed United States military veterans who were evaluated at a Veterans Affairs facility from 2009 to 2012 after deployment to the wars in Iraq and/or Afghanistan. Overall, the cohort was well-balanced, including near equal numbers of male and female veterans, socioeconomic diversity, and a wide range of comorbidities. The study included both veterans with PTSD (n=1039) and controls without PTSD (n=610). Data were collected from various sources, including electronic medical records, diagnostic interviews, and self-report evaluations. The patients were assessed at 2 timepoints: baseline (T1) and follow-up (T2), with 2.5 years comprising the average time between evaluations.

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