Linking Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress, Good Sleep, & Psychological Flexibility in Military Personnel

Research Paper Title Risk and protective factors for post-traumatic stress among New Zealand military personnel: A cross sectional study. Background Post-traumatic stress (PTS) is prevalent among military personnel. Knowledge of the risk and protective factors associated with PTS in this population may assist with identifying personnel who would benefit from increased or targeted support. Therefore… Read More

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Identifying Insomnia-suspectible Occupations in the Military

Research Paper Title The relationship between military occupation and diagnosed insomnia following combat deployment. Background The objective of this research was to investigate the relationship between military occupation and diagnosed insomnia following combat deployment. Methods This retrospective cohort study was conducted using existing electronic military databases. Eligible participants were military personnel with a deployment to… Read More

What is the Impact of the Occupational Environment of a Submerged Submarine on Cardiometabolic Health of Royal Navy Submariners?

When on patrol, submariners spend several months submerged and isolated. They work shifts, endure a disrupted pattern of sleep, and eat a restricted diet. Space for physical activity is limited and there is no exposure to natural sunlight. Surprisingly, none of these seems to have a deleterious effect on biomarkers of cardiometabolic risk (Gunner et… Read More

Linking Sleep, Adverse Childhood Experiences, & Mental Health in Soldiers

Research Paper Title Sleep Disturbance Mediates the Association of Adverse Childhood Experiences With Mental Health Symptoms and Functional Impairment in US Soldiers. Background Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can have long-term impacts on a person’s mental health, which extend into adulthood. There is a high prevalence of ACEs among service members. Further, service members also report… Read More

Night Night: 8 Science-backed Supplements that Could Help You Sleep Tonight

If you are tossing and turning all night and struggling to sleep, then you are not alone. Did you know that as many as 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders, and roughly half of all adults experience occasional bouts of insomnia. This is a problem because studies link lack of sleep with increased risk… Read More

Is There a Link between Sleep Problems, Military Culture, & Deployment History?

According to a Rand Corps study conducted in 2015, approximately one-third of troops from all branches of the military reported averaging a total of 5 hours of sleep or less each night. Meanwhile, only 37 percent reported getting seven to eight hours of sleep each night. The study, which had a sample size of 2,000… Read More

Could an Elevated Spindle Oscillatory Frequency in PTSD Indicate a Deficient Sensory-gating Mechanism Responsible for Preserving Sleep Continuity?

Research Paper Title Increased Oscillatory Frequency of Sleep Spindles in Combat-Exposed Veteran Men with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Background Sleep disturbances are core symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but reliable sleep markers of PTSD have yet to be identified. Sleep spindles are important brain waves associated with sleep protection and sleep-dependent memory consolidation. The present… Read More