A newly released study has revealed that the emotional brain circuitry in sufferers of insomnia operate differently than that of a control group of normal sleepers.
A recent study has found a causal link between moderate to high risk of suicide and sleep deprivation. It furthered that for every one hour increase in quality sleep, there was a 72 percent decrease in suicidal idealization.
A new study by Dr. W. Vaughn McCall, Chair of the Medical College of Georgia Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at Georgia Regents University has shown a link between a specific type of hopelessness and chronic insomnia.
A study from the University of Pittsburgh, (authored by Wendy M. Troxel, PhD) looked at 1,938 mid-life women from the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation. The study’s participants were 51 percent Caucasian, 20 percent African American, 9 percent Hispanic, also 9 percent Chinese and 11 percent Japanese. The test subjects reported both their level of marriage happiness and the quality of their sleep, including how many times they awoke in the night and how difficult it was to initially fall sleep.
The study’s results showed that the lesser the risk of sleep problems, the more contentment the women had in their marriages. They showed less irritability, anger and less mood swing activity towards their mates. They also reported feeling closer to their children.
One of the most difficult challenges with PTSD is dealing with a sizable lack of proper sleep. In those who struggle with post traumatic stress symptoms, the frequent and abrupt awakenings night after night are the most distressing. Nightmares and nocturnal visions of the original traumas also create strong fears and phobias about trying to sleep at all. Most suffers more or less give up on sleep all together.
Several promising treatments are being used by the Veterans Administration on returning Iraqi and Afghan soldiers with PTSD. One is the tricyclic anti-depressant Trazadone. According to study by University of Michigan Medical Center conducted by Warner MD, Dorn MR, Peabody CA respectively, “Of 74 patients surveyed, 60 patients were able to maintain an effective dose of trazodone. The other 14 patients were unable to tolerate the medication. Seventy-two percent of the 60 patients assessed found trazodone helpful in decreasing nightmares, from an average of 3.3 to 1.3 nights per week (p<.005). Ninety-two percent found it helped with sleep onset, and 78% reported improvement with sleep maintenance. There was a significant correlation between the effectiveness in decreasing nightmares and improving sleep (r= .57, p < .005). The effective dose range of trazodone for 70% of patients was 50 to 200 mg nightly”.
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