Posted on Sep 27, 2015
COL Mikel J. Burroughs
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Have you read this important DCoE Blog: Sleep Issues Bedevil Soldiers’ Health?

Here is some very good information for soldiers and veterans that you may want to take a look at. This is provided by Kim Bolen RN CCM ACM Actions4Vets as part of Kids4Horses&Dogs4Vets a non-proftit organization under Virtual World Solutions d/b/a Sponsor a Vet Life (SALV).

http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USMHSDCOE/bulletins/11bed08?reqfrom=share

Lack of sleep is a serious issue for many service members, as shown by the findings of a study on military sleep sponsored by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE). In particular, sleep issues are the "No. 1 military disorder" among soldiers who return from deployment after sustaining traumatic brain injuries, according to Lt. Col. Kate Van Arman, medical director of the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic on Fort Drum, New York. This article by David Vergun from the Fort Leonard Wood "Guidon" recounts Van Arman's presentation at the DCoE 2015 Summit on Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.
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LCDR Rabbah Rona Matlow
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Sleep disorders are a presumptive condition to Gulf War service. Further, anyone with TBI, PTSD, chronic pain, depression, and a whole host of other physical ailments end up with compromised sleep. This includes Sleep Apnea caused by weight gain, and by narcotic treatments for pain...
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Maj Kim P.
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This is a pretty succinct laundry list of contributing issues.
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LCDR Rabbah Rona Matlow
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Maj Kim P. thanks. I worked as a DAV service officer for 4 years, so I'm very well trained...
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Jennifer Lee (Doerflinger) Hill
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I haven't been able to enter REM sleep since 1974. Even my recurring "dreams" happen when I'm fully awake.
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COL Mikel J. Burroughs Many studies have shown that sleep issues affect health. It is a symptom and if possible and you fall into this category it's important to find out the underlying cause. Some possible underlying health issues such as, diabetes, heart failure, musculoskeletal disorders, kidney disease, breathing problems... Many people are on medications thy may not realize also impact sleep such as heart medication, high blood pressure medication, inflammation/asthma medications, medications that contain alcohol, medications that contain caffeine, ......
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Capt Seid Waddell
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This doesn't end when one gets out. I have been out for 43 years and still have circadian rhythm and sleep issues. 5 hours is my norm, and I come alive between 10PM and 5AM.

Don't know how much this has to do with the military, but it became an issue for me in Viet Nam and has not improved much since.
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