Recent research has shown that sleep disorder has become more common throughout the United States and especially among veterans.
According to experts from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are various reasons why people have problems sleeping including work stress, smartphones, and other unhealthy habits.
Based on the data collected by scientists, around 35 percent of the Americans do not sleep enough, and routine is one of the leading causes because people have many priorities every day, and sleeping is not one of them.
A team of researchers from the University of South Carolina has conducted a study during which they analyzed how many United States veterans are getting enough sleep. As it turned out, many of them suffer from a sleep disorder.
According to James Burch, associate professor at the University of South Carolina and lead author of the study, 16 percent of veterans living with PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder, do not get enough sleep. These rates are the highest ever recorded, and they are even greater than all other health conditions investigated by the team.
There are 9.7 million veterans in the American continent. In 2000, only one percent of veterans suffered from sleep problems but by 2010, the rates increased to six percent, meaning that six times more veterans were starting to suffer from this disorder.
Insomnia made up of 26 percent, whereas sleep apnea consisted of 47 percent of cases. But veterans who suffered from other health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other chronic illnesses had higher sleep disorder rates compared to veterans who were healthier.
According to Dr. Burch, the team did not determine a direct relation between sleep disorder and PTSD, but further research will be focused on studying a possible connection between the two of them.
Other previous studies revealed that the light from electronic devices such as laptops, TV, and smartphones affect how our body responds to sleeping patterns. It means that this light eliminates the sleeping feeling when you are tired.
Teenagers who do not get enough sleep developed various symptoms related to stress as they were more likely to become depressed and have suicidal thoughts. If you do not get more than five hours of sleep three nights in a row, even coffee becomes ineffective, based on the latest study.
In other words, sleeping disorder is not something to joke about, but a serious problem widely spread throughout the U.S. that needs to be solved as soon as possible.
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