Total CE Credit Hours: 1
Course Info URL: https://www.ce-credit.com/courses/103208
About the Course:
Sleep disturbances are well-recognized symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This review updates knowledge regarding the relationship between sleep during deployment, combat-related trauma, and PTSD in military personnel, from which the importance of restorative sleep results. The description of the characteristics of sleep in military forces with the considerable roles of the operational and training contexts highlights the important consequences of degraded sleep. Indeed, a lot of data suggest a dynamic link between sleep and the onset and chronicity of PTSD. We propose a reciprocal relationship model with strategies strongly recommended or already adopted by the military to promote restorative sleep before and after combat exposure. Among the alterations in a variety of sleep architecture and sleep patterns described in PTSD, the physiological hypothesis of REM sleep fragmentation in the development of PTSD symptoms may be important because REM sleep is generally associated with emotional memory. Finally, we address clinical and research perspectives that could be used to detect or restore sleep continuity before and during military deployment to possibly alleviate nightmares and insomnia related to combat exposure and PTSD occurrence and improve our understanding of sleep in PTSD.
This course is based on the reading-based online article, Sleep and PTSD in the Military Forces: A Reciprocal Relationship and a Psychiatric Approach created by Emeric Saguin, MD, et al. in 2021.
Publication Date:Brain Sci.2021, 11, 1310 Oct 2021
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Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
- Recognize at least 2 factors associated with poor sleep in military populations.
- Describe the relationship between sleep disorders and PTSD in military populations.
- List at least 2 interventions to alleviate PTSD and sleep disorders in military populations.
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