PTSD and sleep apnea
From the first and second war in Iraq, more and more soldiers develop into sleep apnea embarrassment, and rightly scholars are curious. Some people think they are related to air breathing in Iraq (and Afghanistan), but others are searching for possible links between sleep apnea and post-traumatic stress disorder, as apnea is also common in Vietnamese war veterans.
The relationship between PTSD and restless sleep is a commonly known symptom. The involvement of war nightmares makes sense, but the stressed situation is less known for the physical disruption of REM sleep. Those with PTSD are also in trouble to sleep and sleep at night.
Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form of sleep apnea, which causes respiratory disturbances during sleep. In most cases, apnea is caused by blockage of the airways or by blockage or collapse (especially in obese patients). The momentary cessation of breathing interrupts sleep. Although these disturbances last only for a second or two, the whole night's sleep structure is altered. The sufferers often wake up and the whole day misses the effect of sleep deprivation.
During REM sleep apnea interruptions are the most common, as the muscles relax during this phase. When the cervical muscles loose, the breathing channels are more likely to block or approach. According to a study in psychosomatics, many PTSD sufferers found that their PTSD symptoms were far less common when they were treated for sleep apnea. Although these few cases do not closely link the two abnormalities, research is a solid step in finding the management of soldiers when they return from war.
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