COMBAT NIGHTMARES
A Marine assigned to Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment (2/7), takes a nap in the Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) center on Forward Operating Base Now Zad, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 17, 2012.
A Marine assigned to Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment (2/7), takes a nap in the Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) center on Forward Operating Base Now Zad, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 17, 2012.
Photo by Cpl. Alejandro Pena

How Does Combat-Related Stress Affect Your Sleep?

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Night terrors have long been associated with the trauma and stresses of war, but a recent study is helping to distinguish between post-traumatic stress disorder and what doctors are now deeming trauma associated sleep disorder, or TSD. Those suffering from the disorder act out their nightmares, swearing screaming and in some cases the reaction is violent.

“We knew [veterans] developed insomnia and sleep apnea, but we’ve never seen a truly unique sleep disorder related to a traumatic experience,” said  U.S Army Col. Vincent Mysliwiec, a sleep medicine specialist who helped conduct a case study on combat nightmares. Mysliwiec and his colleagues say the disorder is nothing new — claiming that it is often misdiagnosed as PTSD — but, they hope that by putting a name to this affliction, it will lead to targeted treatment.

Get the full story at Defense One.