More than 3 years ago I reported on research that found a (perhaps unsurprising) link between insomnia and combat.
A newer study has now challenged this idea.
After reviewing research on insomnia among military personnel and veterans, researchers found that insomnia is reported in more than half of all those who have served in the military since September 11, 2001.
This compares to an insomnia rate of around 1 in 5 in the civilian adult population.
A review of studies conducted since 2010 found that insomnia in the military population is down to:
- Combat exposure,
- Mild traumatic brain injury,
- Irregular sleep/wake schedules,
- The adjustment of returning home.
Furthermore, those who suffer from insomnia whilst deployed are more likely to develop conditions related to traumatic stress such as depression and PTSD.
As for treatment options, sleeping pills are rarely the answer.
Researchers suggest cognitive behavioral therapy and have found this treatment option reduces the effects of insomnia as well as nightmares.
You can learn more about CBT for insomnia in my free sleep training course.
Source: Medical News Today
Last updated: May 27, 2014