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Specialist Argues for Recognition of Sleep Disorder Linked to Combat

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Col. Vincent Mysliwiec, a sleep-medicine specialist for the U.S. Army, believes there is a new syndrome affecting young combat veterans. Trauma-Associated Sleep Disorder, or TSD, is similar to

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Trauma Associated Sleep Disorder: A Proposed Parasomnia Encompassing Disruptive Nocturnal Behaviors, Nightmares, and REM without Atonia in Trauma Survivors

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Current Knowledge/Study Rationale: Disruptive nocturnal behaviors and nightmares are frequently reported by trauma survivors and their spouses but rarely documented in laboratory settings. There is no current diagnosis which encompasses these trauma engendered sleep disturbances.

Study Impact: This series of patients describes the clinical, PSG and treatment responses of patients with trauma associated sleep disturbances. Trauma associated sleep disorder (TSD) is likely a new sleep disorder which can facilitate evaluation and treatment of patients with this constellation of findings.

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