According to a study, combat veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are more likely to have obstructive sleep apnea than the general public.
There are factors that overlap both sleep apnea and PTSD symptoms, which frequently exacerbate the conditions. These issues, which military personnel may have encountered while deployed overseas in active duty or performing other combat-related tasks such as disrupted sleep, excessive sleeping deprivation, sleep fragmentation, hyperarousal, and chronic stress are some of them.
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Sleep disordered breathing, as well as the myriad of symptoms linked with it (such as sleepiness and fatigue), can all exacerbate the relationship between sleep apnea and PTSD. The major causes appear to be sleep deprivation and chronic stress. War veterans displaying these characteristics had more frequent and prolonged apneic events, according to studies.
A study published in 2016 found that there is a significant danger of sleep apnea when a patient’s PTSD symptom severity improves. Because of the interaction between the shared components of the two diseases, development of PTSD following a traumatic event might be an indication of sleep deprivation and potentially apneic events. Sleep apnea and other mental illnesses are linked as well, and it is possible that PTSD could be expected to develop in those with the condition, the study reports.
The military continues to experience an uptick in sleep apnea cases involving its personnel, who face stressful conditions such as disrupted sleep patterns, loud noises and bright lights at night, chronic stress , anxiety and depression. Back-to-back deployments have been common in recent years, which have contributed to the problem.
Other factors include a sedentary lifestyle and obesity rates on the rise among military personnel, as well as a lack of awareness about sleep apnea risk factors. Desert Storm Syndrome is another foreign-borne phenomenon that may have exacerbated sleep apnea among military personnel.
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