Sleep disturbance is likely the most popular issues those that have PTSD face. Specifically, insomnia and nightmares plague nearly all those experiencing the disorder.
Although it is assumed to be high, relatively little is famous in regards to the actual prevalence of sleep disturbances in veterans with PTSD. Any clinician who treats veterans with PTSD will likely explain how most, it not exclusively, of their patients are afflicted by sleep issues rather.
It is assumed that sleep disturbances improve with evidence-based PTSD treatments. However, to what degree is unclear.
In hard work to gain better clarity on these complaints, researchers from your University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and colleagues from the 3 major other prestigious academic institutions, asked these questions to over 100 active-duty service members. Their findings were published in the November issue of Psychological Trauma and were shocking.
Not surprisingly, insomnia was probably the most frequently reported PTSD symptom ahead of treatment. A whopping 92 percent acknowledged some degree of difficulty falling or staying asleep. Although much less high as insomnia, 69 percent of the same group reported suffering from nightmares.
The surprising, and somewhat disheartening news, is approximately three-fourths of service members still reported insomnia as a problem after PTSD treatment. And around half still struggled with nightmares.
The researchers took a straight deeper check out the results and located additional information. For those service members who no longer met criteria for PTSD after successful treatment, more than half continued to report insomnia, and 13 percent continued to report difficulty with nightmares. Again, that is from those troops who made such significant improvement that they don’t had enough symptoms to keep the PTSD diagnosis.
In my estimation, there’s two important take-home messages out of this study.
First, sleep issues will likely continue in several people with PTSD, during those service members who benefit greatly from treatment. Therefore, it is important to manage expectations. There are few, if any, complete “cures” in psychology and psychiatry, but this doesn’t mean you can’t continue to steer a rewarding and fulfilling life. Keep in your mind, lots of people without PTSD battle with sleep.
Second, you might like to ask being referred for a sleep-focused therapy beyond the PTSD treatment. Treatments like Imagery Rehearsal Therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia have been proven successful for nightmares and insomnia.