Sleep Disorders Plague Vets With Head Trauma Or Ptsd

Overall, sleep apnea was significantly more common (78 percent) in patients without traumatic brain injuries, the researchers found. And in the PTSD patients, sleep apnea was more common in those who hadn’t suffered any physical injuries. Among the soldiers with PTSD and sleep apnea, only about a third had battle injuries (37 percent), whereas more than two-thirds of veterans with PTSD but without sleep apnea had been injured in battle (71 percent). The PTSD data “raise the question of whether having undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea before you deploy could act as a risk factor for developing PTSD,” Collen said. “We don’t have data to support that, it was just an interesting question.” Dr.
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Sleep Disorders, Attention Problems Linked

Nearly half of the group (16 people) showed signs of possible or probable attention deficit disorder. All the participants were then given continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), the most widely used treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. CPAP uses a machine that delivers forced air through a mask over the nose (and sometimes also the mouth) to keep the airway open. After CPAP treatments, the participants’ daytime sleepiness score improved. Average scores dropped from a 12 to around 3 on a scale of 0-24, with 24 being the most severe rating. The same group reported improvement in attention deficit scores from 17 to a score of 10, a significant change according to the researchers.
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Sleeping disorders affect work of police officers

The judge said to me, …….. “surely you don’t think that all cops lie?”….I said, ……”All the cops that I know do.”…lol… He dismissed me..lmao December 21, 2011 at 14:47 | Report abuse | Reply Keirxi You sound like a real winner, buddy. December 21, 2011 at 20:17 | Report abuse | IAB And you sound like a real cop. Don’t lie..
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