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PTSD and Its Connection to Sleep Apnea

Posted by Dr. Angela Randazzo on Sep 11, 2019 9:02:00 AM

You may already know that serving in the military increases the chance of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),  a mental health condition that can develop after experiencing a terrifying event like war. But what you may not realize is that PTSD is linked to a potentially dangerous nighttime issue: sleep apnea.

September isSuicide Awareness Month, making now a good time to address all of our active military and Veterans about how poor sleep quality can affect every other aspect of life.

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Topics: life with sleep apnea, Military, veterans, ptsd

PTSD vs. Nightmares

Posted by Jennifer Hines on May 14, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Experiencing or witnessing upsetting events can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a mental health condition that affects 7.7 million American adults. The disorder can cause people to feel anxious and afraid, leading to flashbacks and nightmares. In fact, up to 96 percent of people with PTSD have these upsetting dreams. Fortunately, there are several approaches to treating PTSD-related nightmares. If you or someone you love is dealing with PTSD, read on to understand how it impacts sleep, and available treatment options.

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Topics: nightmares, ptsd

PTSD and Sleep

Posted by Meir H. Kryger, M.D. on Nov 10, 2018 10:21:19 AM

The stories are eerily similar. The patient awakens from a terrifying recurrent dream, sweating, heart beating fast, and often unable to fall asleep again that night. Some are elderly men, others are young women. Some have suffered trauma on the battlefield, others at home.

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Topics: veterans, ptsd, grief, cognitive sleep issues


Posted by Jennifer Hines on Nov 8, 2018 12:13:19 PM

Our Veterans and Sleep Apnea

Veterans are four times more likely than other Americans to suffer from sleep apnea, according to Max Hirshkowitz, director of the Sleep Disorder Center at the Houston Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Claims for sleep apnea as a disability among veterans revealed that they are disproportionately affected by the disorder.

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Topics: Military, ptsd

PTSD and Sleep Apnea: What Military Families Should Know

Posted by Dr. Angela Randazzo on Oct 25, 2018 11:30:00 AM

What is PTSD?

"Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. It is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation. Fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to help defend against danger or to avoid it. This ‘fight-or-flight’ response is a typical reaction meant to protect a person from harm."

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Topics: life with sleep apnea, ptsd

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