Research: Sleep & Traumatic Events

Disrupted sleep shortly after performing rescue and clean-up operations following traumatic events is associated with poor physical health 12 months later.

After adjusting for age, sex, body mass index, and initial distress levels, researchers found that early complaints about sleep quality were associated with more physical symptoms, poorer perceived health, and increased use of healthcare services at follow-up.

Source: Psychosomatic Medicine 2012;75:196-201.

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