Study Shows Apnea Treatments Improve Veteran's Sleep Quality

A new study shows that a sleep apnea treatment with continuous positive airway pressure, also known as CPAP, may help those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and sleep apnea. Those who use the treatment may be able to experience fewer incidents of nightmares. This sleep apnea treatment can be especially helpful for military veterans in Nebraska and across the country and current military personnel who are dealing PTSD.

Investigators have studied the medical records of military veterans who have enlisted the help of a VA medical center sleep clinic to assist them in improving their sleep quality. CPAP treatment was found to be helpful for those who were suffering from PTSD. It is estimated that at least one out of every six military veterans are afflicted with PTSD. This can affect their personal lives as well as their professional lives.

The CPAP treatment works by sending a stream of air through a mask that is worn by the patient. The air opens the patient’s airway allowing them to breathe better while they are asleep. Studies show that PTSD symptoms do not always start right after a distressing event such as military service stress. In many cases, it may take months or years before nightmares manifest. This can greatly diminish the patient’s ability to get restful sleep.

Military veterans who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder may be dealing with multiple health conditions and may not fully understand their sleep apnea treatment options. Many are dealing with issues such as war flashbacks, nightmares and other disabilities. An attorney who knows how the VA medical system works may be able to help veterans get the treatments they need and deserve.

Source: Medical Xpress, “Sleep apnea treatment eases nightmares in vets with PTSD: study“, Health Day, July 17, 2013.