Study shows a correlation between PAP therapy in post-traumatic stress disorder patients with comorbid sleep apnea and lessened insomnia severity.
Insomnia is the most common complaint expressed by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) patients. While it’s not surprising that people who have experienced trauma may have difficulty with sleep, the appropriate treatment approach may not be so obvious.
Many PTSD patients may also be experiencing co-occurring obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which could be contributing to insomnia symptoms. If the OSA is not detected, then these patients may continue to experience what may be preventable symptoms, says Barry Krakow, MD, a sleep specialist at Maimonides Sleep Arts & Sciences in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
In a retrospective review of patient charts, Krakow and a team of other researchers found a correlation between a decrease in insomnia severity and PAP therapy. Results of the nonrandomized study were published in the journal Military Medical Research.
“We can’t take for granted that we know why patients with PTSD are having sleep problems,” says Krakow, a co-author.
According to Krakow, insomnia and PTSD,—commonly…