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Sleep Disorders in Women Veterans.

Martin JL, Badr MS, Zeineddine S. Sleep Disorders in Women Veterans. Sleep medicine clinics. 2018 Sep 1; 13(3):433-441.

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Sleep disorders are common among women veterans and contribute to poor functioning and quality of life. Studies show that women veterans are particularly prone to insomnia, sleep-disordered breathing, and insufficient sleep. Standard cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) should be viewed as first-line therapy for insomnia disorder, and women veterans should be screened and treated for sleep-disordered breathing. Behavioral and lifestyle factors contributing to insufficient sleep should also be addressed. Challenges exist in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders in women veterans, in part because of high rates of psychiatric comorbidities, such as posttraumatic stress disorder and depression.

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