Almost Half Of Female Veterans Suffer From Insomnia & Are Going Untreated

Photo: Getty Images.
A new study suggests that there's a psychological condition going undiagnosed in female veterans: insomnia.

According to the study, the abstract of which was published in a supplement to the most recent issue of the Journal of Sleep, 47% of female veterans surveyed suffer from insomnia that resulted in functional impairments. Less than 1% of those had been diagnosed with a sleep disorder. The lead author, Kimberly Babson, PhD, of the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD, said that this information would be a useful reference for identifying patients at high risk for a sleep disorder. Only the abstract of the study has been published so far, and it does not attempt to determine the causes of this high rate of insomnia.

"These results can be used by primary care clinicians to identify women that fit within these subgroups for referral, assessment, and intervention of insomnia symptoms in order to decrease risk for the psychological, physical, and psycho-social consequences associated with insomnia," Babson said, according to ScienceDaily.

The effects of chronic insomnia, per the National Institute of Health, include impaired immune system, increased risk of car accidents, and a higher incidence of depression. The more doctors are aware of the risks among female vets, the less this kind of thing can slip under the radar.
Advertisement

More from Body

Brittany Mostiller still remembers the moment when she realized that she couldn’t afford an abortion. “I didn’t know anything about this Hyde Amendment ...
Earlier this year, Lena Dunham was hospitalized to treat a ruptured ovarian cyst, unintentionally shedding light on an often ignored area of women's health...
If your eyes tend to glaze over at first mention of the latest Health Hack That Will Change Your Life, we can’t really blame you. Although we are literally...
Pregnant women get a lot of advice about motherhood, even when they don't ask for it. And in the first episode of Expecting, from Refinery29's comedy ...
We're in plus-size pool party heaven
Summer is over (for real). So it's time to face the facts: You're going to get a cold. Actually, you're probably going to get colds — plural. The average ...
The pelvic exam — complete with the stirrups and the speculum — isn't anyone's favorite thing about having a vagina. But it's really important because it's...
(Paid Content) Stress sweat is different from regular sweat in that it feeds off bacteria and causes odor. Then you start to think about it — producing ...
A few years ago, two Michigan urologists noticed a curious pattern among their patients: Upon returning from a Disney World vacation, patients would ...
It shouldn't be this complicated, all this body stuff: size discrimination, weight bias, the multi-factioned movement fighting to reverse it. At its core ...
On principle, I am skeptical of any internet health recommendation that has the word “challenge” tacked on to the end of it. These wellness fads come and...
Although he had been dead for decades, Jim Morrison said something a few years ago that shocked people. He wasn’t speaking from beyond the grave, but in ...
In April, I ran a story called “The Medium-Sized Woman Problem.” The “problem,” of course, was not the women themselves, but the way in which we frame ...
Jill Krause writes about all things mom, parenting, and relationships at her blog, Baby Rabies, and she has some words of advice for the non-pregnant ...