Short sleep duration is common among redeployed soldiers - particularly those who experience combat - and is associated with numerous impairments, including posttraumatic stress disorder, according to findings from a cross-sectional study of more than 2,700 members of a brigade combat team.
In 2007 and 2008 troops deployed to the Iraq “Surge” began returning home from deployments lasting as long as 15 months. Several staff members at the National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2) were part of those extended tours and like many others wanted to spend their first days at home with their families, and most of all, out of uniform. Also like most others, they groaned at the announcement of another mandatory briefing or medical appointment, especially ones that either delayed a return home or were scheduled at times that interrupted the readjustment to home life.
Support for veterans and other patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be as close as a mobile device, thanks to a new app created by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD and the Department of Defense’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology.
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