This brief is about the relation between sleep disorder diagnosis and cardiovascular disease, cancer, and mental health disorders among veterans. In policy and practice, physicians should familiarize themselves with signs of and screenings for sleep disorders and should discuss factors that affect sleep with their veteran patients; the VHA should continue recommending policies that help veterans receive a prompt diagnosis and treatment of their sleep disorders, policymakers should fund early intervention programs to help veterans learn how to cope with reintegration, and the VHA should create a database on sleep disorders in veterans. Suggestions for future research include studying veterans who have varying levels of sleep disturbances, studying veterans who do not use VHA care services, and studying whether sleep disorder symptoms vary by period of service and military branch.
Alexander, M., Ray, M. A., Hébert, J. R., Youngstedt, S. D., Zhang, H., Steck, S. E., Bogan, R. K., & Burch, J. B. (2016). The national veteran sleep disorder study: Descriptive epidemiology and secular trends, 2000-2010. Sleep, 39(7), 1399–1410. https://doi.org/10.5665/sleep.5972
Clinical Epidemiology | Medical Specialties | Medicine and Health Sciences | Military and Veterans Studies | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Sleep Medicine | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Mental health, Sleep disorders, Veterans, Military, Research briefs
Mental health, Veterans, United States, Soldiers, Sleep disorders
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, "Research Brief: "The National Veteran Sleep Disorder Study: Descriptive Epidemiology and Secular Trends, 2000–2010"" (2017). Institute for Veterans and Military Families. 278.
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