Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Most U.S. soldiers come home with sleep disturbance

The numbers are staggering for soldiers in the weeks after returning home from war. Researchers say 86 percent of them have some kind of sleep disturbance.

An abstract being presented at SLEEP 2010 shows the toll deployment takes American servicemen and women’s sleep.

Participants in the study were assessed the moment they stepped foot back on U.S. soil. The follow-up was 45 days later. Authors used a variety of tests to screen for sleep disturbances and physical and mental health problems.

Most of the soldiers in the study didn’t have post-traumatic stress or depression. Researchers found those with a history of sleep problems, physical illness or brain injury were more likely to report sleep disturbances.

Hear a presentation on this research Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at SLEEP 2010. You can also read a summary included in this year’s abstract supplement available on the website of the journal SLEEP.

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