Lack Of Sleep May Help Individuals With PTSD

Approximately 7 million people suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the U.S. every year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Rehabilitation facilities may be able to help individuals manage PTSD, but researchers are getting closer to finding ways to eliminate the symptoms of the debilitating condition.

A recent study published in Biological Psychiatry shows that individuals with PTSD and other anxiety disorders may benefit from a lack of sleep. Experts say that sleep is a crucial part of memory, and limiting it following a traumatic experience may reduce future symptoms of PTSD.

Researchers exposed a group of volunteers to video clips of safe driving and auto accidents. Half of the individuals were healthy and energetic, while the others were sleep deprived. The results of the experiment showed that participants who lacked sleep were less likely to show symptoms of trauma.

More than $4.3 billion went to veterans who needed care for PTSD in 2005, according to Medicine Net, a medical resource site. Rehabilitation facilities can provide individuals with the resources they need to cope with the condition over time.