Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Sleep apnea and insomnia on the rise in the US Military

This article shows how both sleep apnea and insomnia diagnoses have increased from 2005 - 2014. In my clinic, both conditions make up the bulk of the diagnoses and often exist together. The article states how the rates are higher in more senior personnel. This may be because sleep apnea is more prevalent with advancing age. Also, I frequently see senior personnel who are close to retiring, and have decided to start taking care of themselves. Usually it's because they finally have time to get their medical problems addressed as they approach separating from the military. Some of them wish they had gotten evaluated years prior, as treating their sleep apnea can significantly improve their quality of life.

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