Studies are linking PTSD and sleep apnea. Veterans with PTSD and sleep apnea may be eligible for VA Benefits.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition initiated by coming into contact with or seeing a distressing event. PTSD is extremely relevant to veterans because of the experiences they have faced in war. According the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, approximately 31% of Vietnam veterans, 10% of Gulf War (Desert Storm) veterans, 11% of war in Afghanistan veterans, and 20% of Iraqi war veterans are affected by PTSD. This condition has significantly afflicted veterans throughout history and is a condition in which you can receive benefits.
Your PTSD and Sleep Apnea could be connected.
New research was conducted on 195 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans with PTSD. The study found that about 69% of veterans with PTSD are at a high risk for sleep apnea, which is a sleep disorder causing a person to repeatedly stop and start breathing. This correlation between the two becomes even stronger when the study determined that an increase in the severity of PTSD leads to an increase in the probability of sleep apnea.
Is Sleep Apnea dangerous?
Sleep apnea is not only dangerous due to the repeated stopping and starting of breathing during sleep, but it can also lead to hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Sleep apnea may also cause other mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and worsening PTSD. Warning signs of sleep apnea include “snoring and choking, gasping, or silent breathing pauses during sleep.” The Veterans Administration also offers benefits for those veterans who do suffer from sleep apnea. The link between PTSD and sleep apnea is a phenomenal discovery, and encourages veterans with PTSD to be screened for sleep apnea.
Woods & Woods VA Disability Lawyers can help with your PTSD and Sleep Apnea application for no charge.
The Veterans’ Disability Benefits Lawyers at Woods and Woods recognize the difficulties that accompany applying for veterans’ disability benefits based on conditions caused by PTSD. That’s why we’re here to answer any questions you may have if you are considering applying for benefits or have had a claim for benefits denied in the past. Was your PTSD claim denied? We can help with that too! Call us toll-free at (866) 232-5777.