Veterans are four times more likely than other Americans to develop sleep apnea. Both PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) have been found to increase the chances of a veteran developing some type of sleep disorder. Sleep’s great impact on health is well-documented. A sleep disorder often leads to other health problems in the future, like heart attacks or strokes. Therefore, it’s important for veterans who regularly have trouble sleeping to file a claim with the VA and receive the benefits they deserve.
At the Berry Law Firm, our experienced VA benefits attorneys represent veterans throughout the United States. We are committed to providing quality and effective legal representation to the men and women who have served our country and sacrificed their safety in the line of duty. At the very least, our veterans are entitled to the benefits and compensation that they deserve.
Types of Sleep Disorders and Their Symptoms
Sleep disorders can be caused by blunt trauma to the head or psychological and mental disorders. Types of sleep disorders include:
- Insomnia: Sufferers have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep for more than a few hours. This can lead to drowsiness, irritability and a depressed mood.
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea: This condition causes breathing to stop during sleep, either for a few seconds or several minutes. This causes fatigue, slow reflexes and eventually can impact the heart, causing arrythmia and even cardiac arrest.
- Narcolepsy: Those suffering from this condition are extremely fatigued during daytime hours, no matter how many hours they slept the night before. The disorder causes abrupt daytime unconsciousness and cataplexy, an episodic loss of muscle function ranging from sagging facial muscles to physical collapse.
- Daytime somnolence or excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS): This condition is linked to each of the disorders listed above, but can be diagnosed on its own. Persons with EDS feel very drowsy during the day and often feel compelled to take naps at inappropriate times.
Veteran sleep apnea and other sleep disorders is becoming more and more common? If you are a sufferer and the VA has denied your disability claim, please call (888) 883-2483 or contact us online today. Your consultation is free. We represent veterans across the United States.