Veterans Top the List of Americans Diagnosed with Sleep Disorders
A study recently published in the Sleep medical journal reveals a drastic increase in veterans with sleep disorders. The study followed the sleeping habits and quality of sleep in a sample of 9.7 million U.S. veterans for 11 years. At the start of the study in 2000, less than one percent of the veterans reported sleep disorders.
By the end of the study, the number of veterans reporting sleep disorders rose to six percent of participating veterans. The most commonly reported sleep disorder was sleep apnea at 47 percent, followed by insomnia at 26 percent. The researchers found that the rate of disorder diagnosis was higher in veterans with chronic diseases such as cancer or cardiovascular disease.
The most significant factor in the increase of sleep disorders was post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Veterans diagnosed with PTSD had a much higher sleep disorder prevalence of 16 percent, the highest among all classifications of health conditions in the study. While the study’s methods do not allow for a direct correlation of PTSD with sleep disorders, it prompted researchers to explore the connection in a separate study.
At the conclusion of the study, the researchers suggested that the trend of increased sleep disorder diagnoses in veterans would continue past their study period.
Sleep Disorders Might Qualify You for Veterans’ Disability Benefits
Veterans with sleep apnea and other disorders might qualify for veterans’ disability benefits if the conditions began as a result of their military service. The Disability Help Group assists veterans with filing disability claims, reviewing disability ratings, and filing appeals when necessary.
Give us a call to schedule a consultation with one of our disability advocates today: 800-800-2009.