CPAP Treatment Improves PTSD in Vets

Jul 18, 2013

Medical researchers have found that military veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that underwent Sleep Apnea therapy significantly reduced the amount of nightmares experienced per week. Head investigator Sadeka Tamanna, MD, MPH, and director of the sleep disorders laboratory G.V. (Sonny) VA Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. has stated:
"Patients with PTSD get more motivated to use CPAP once they get restful sleep without frequent nightmares, and their compliance improves"

 

Given that one in six veterans suffers from PTSD, there is a great opportunity for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) treatment to greatly improve the quality of living for former military members and take strides to reduce the anxiety that can stem from regular nightmare occurrence.

CPAP greatly improves the sleep quality and well rested feeling experienced the following day. With less tumultuous sleep, veterans with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) are finally receiving the uninterrupted REM sleep that the human body requires to recover, solidify memories, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The research regarding PTSD and OSA was originally published in the online journal, Sleep. It involved the review of medical files from veterans enrolled in the VA hospital system between 2011 and 2012. The data were reviewed before prescribing OSA and continued up to six months after passing sleep tests and receiving the prescription.