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  • An emotional link between nightmares and suicide

    Mar 28 2016...
    A new study shows that negative emotions may be one link between nightmares and suicidal thoughts. The study involved 91 people who had been through a traumatic event. They also had symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Suicidal thoughts, plans or attempts were much more common among those who had nightmares in the past month. READ MORE>>
  • Poor sleep tied to lower physical activity in people with PTSD

    Jul 21 2014...
    A new study suggests that poor sleep quality predicts lower physical activity in people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

    “We found that sleep quality was more strongly associated with physical activity one year later than was having a diagnosis of PTSD,” said lead author Lisa Talbot, postdoctoral fellow at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco. “The longitudinal aspect of this study suggests that sleep may influence physical activity.” READ MORE>>
  • What we can learn from 9/11 about dreams and nightmares

    Sep 11 2013...
    The disturbing images of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, N.Y., were like a waking nightmare. But did the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, affect how we dream? And can we learn anything about the role of dreaming from our response to these events?

    Researchers from Tufts University School of Medicine and Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Boston, Mass., sought to answer these questions. The study by Dr. Ernest Hartmann and Tyler Brezler was published in the journal Sleep in 2008. READ MORE>>
  • Sleeping after a trauma

    Apr 24 2013...
    The individuals who were affected by the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy on April 15 are facing what could be a long, hard road to recovery. This process can involve a struggle to sleep well.

    Many people develop what doctors call “acute stress disorder” after a terrifying event. This can occur even in people who only hear about danger or harm that a close friend or relative experienced. READ MORE>>
  • Suicide in the U.S. military soars to a record high

    Jan 17 2013...
    The Associated Press reported this week that suicides in the U.S. military soared to a record high in 2012. Post-traumatic stress disorder may be one factor behind the startling statistics. READ MORE>>
  • Vets with PTSD and sleep apnea less likely to use CPAP

    Dec 10 2012...
    Post–traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in returning combat veterans with comorbid obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with significantly worse continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) adherence compared to a similar population of patients without PTSD, according to a new study.

    “Current combat veterans are a particularly vulnerable population due to psychiatric diseases such as PTSD, depression and anxiety, substance use, traumatic brain injuries and multiple injuries often associated with disability and chronic pain, said lead author Jacob Collen, MD, Maj., MC, U.S. Army, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine fellow at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. “Sleep disordered breathing is highly prevalent and has been demonstrated to worsen outcomes in patients with psychiatric disease, and prior, smaller studies have demonstrated that CPAP therapy may improve outcomes in patients with PTSD and obstructive sleep apnea.” READ MORE>>
  • Civilian life is interrupted by PTSD and sleep disorders for many soldiers returning from Iraq

    Sep 03 2009...
    A new study finds high rates of disturbed sleep among current and former military personnel who served in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom or Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. READ MORE>>
  • No Purple Hearts for PTSD

    Jan 09 2009...
    Does a U.S. soldier who has post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) deserve a Purple Heart? The question has sparked a heated debate in the military community. READ MORE>>