Sleep Problems Among U.S. Soldiers Needs Urgent Attention

by Savitha C Muppala on  February 4, 2013 at 2:21 PM Mental Health News   - G J E 4
The US military personnel on active military duty are also victims of sleep disorders, according to a recent study.

The soldiers who also suffer other medical conditions like depression, PTSD and pain are at higher risk of suffering from sleep disorders.
 Sleep Problems Among U.S. Soldiers Needs Urgent Attention
Sleep Problems Among U.S. Soldiers Needs Urgent Attention

A recent study has revealed that sleep problems can be the cause of accidents and hamper mental alertness during work and it is high time the military makes some changes in addressing such issues among their workforce.

An analysis of sleep patterns of nearly 725 active-duty members of the U.S. Army, Air Force and Navy revealed that nearly 85 percent of them were victims of sleep disorders, with nearly 51 percent suffering from obstructive sleep apnea and 25 % suffering insomnia.

The participants were sleeping only about 5.7 hours on average per night, and 42 percent of them said they slept less than five hours or less per night. More than half of them suffered from one or more medical conditions like anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Source: Medindia

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