Sleep Disorders Like Insomnia Are Common Among Vietnam Vets
Sleep problems are common among active duty military and veterans. Other health conditions associated with combat can worsen sleep symptoms. For example, over 90 percent of Vietnam War veterans with PTSD reported experiencing insomnia. People who are successfully treated for PTSD may suffer from lingering sleep issues. Difficulty falling or staying asleep can lead to long-term negative health impacts and worsening overall well-being. Obstructive sleep apnea is also more prevalent in vets with PTSD than in the civilian population or vets without PTSD. This condition is caused by an interruption in breathing when the airway is temporarily blocked, which results in snoring. Sleep apnea is associated with difficulty sleeping, fatigue, moodiness, and high blood pressure. In addition, the condition is a risk factor for other serious diseases, including cardiovascular disease.