Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Chronic Insomnia Among Afghan War Veterans

A new medical study has determined that Iraq and Afghan war veterans from the Army had the highest rate of chronic insomnia among the armed services over a long decade of war. Personnel with chronic insomnia were more likely to have high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes. 41 per cent of returning veterans from combat zones reported problems sleeping. The results of the study were published in a recent issue of the Medical Surveillance Monthly Report. The highest incidents were among those who served in infantry, artillery, armor, and motor transport. With the prevalence of IEDs along the roadways for Iraq and Afghanistan it is understandable that 'motor transport' would have similar rates as the traditional combat arms. Read more in "Soldiers lost a lot of sleep in Iraq, Afghanistan", San Antonio Express News, November 4, 2014.

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