Chronic Sleep Problems May Lead to the Risk of PTSD

Sleep problems or insomnia are common among both men and women across the world. The recent survey now reveals that they are more common in members of the military and may increase the risk of developing mental health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other related diseases anxiety and depression. A few researchers from the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine discovered that some people in the military had difficulty sleeping or slept fewer than six hours had the increased risk of developing PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder), which is a psychiatric disorder that may be caused by life-threatening events such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, physical or sexual assault in children.

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In the military, the mission is more important than sleep.  A good night’s sleep can be sacrificed for many nights for operational demands. In a clear contrast, a better and deeper sleep is always required for operational successes, but our military management perhaps ignores this fact, which is really sad and risk for the health of military men.

According to sleep expert Wendy Troxel, just about one-third of service members in the military reported getting five hours or less of sleep per night, which is much less than the sleep hours recommended by The National Sleep Foundation. The NSF recommends at least 7 to 9 hours sleep to everyone adult. In contrast, only about 8 percent of adults in the US in the general population report getting the lesser than 7 hours of sleep each and every night.

Moreover, about half of service members had sleep problems. Troxel survey asked about issues such as trouble falling asleep, trouble staying asleep, difficulty returning to sleep after awakening or having bad dreams. When people in the general population took this questionnaire, it revealed that about one-third had sleep problems. Researchers also found a link between sleep problems and an increased risk of PTSD, anxiety and depressions.


What Researchers Recommend to Avoid PTSD

These reports highlight the common prevalence of sleep troubles in the military people. If we want our military personnel or other employees in the United Kingdom or elsewhere in the world, make sure we treat their sleep troubles to help them feel well both mentally as well as physically. Researchers demand the government to develop some apps to provide information about sleep problems and the possible remedies to combat these conditions. They also recommended improving policies, information sources and programs to educate military personnel about the importance of sleep, and give facilities and tips on how military members can get better sleep.

Certain lifestyle changes can also be recommended to people with sleep problems including daily exercises, great foods and abstinence from alcohol and smoking. Also, going to bed and waking up on time may help people to regulate their body clock.  Apart from these tips, one can also go for safe and effective medications such as xanax, ambien, zopiclone and diazepam sleeping tablets, which have helped millions to achieve and maintain a better night’s sleep. To know more about what to do to cure insomnia problems, please visit a qualified doctor now.

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