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Research Update: 15 April 2021

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The weekly Research Update contains the latest news, journal articles, useful links from around the web. Some of this week's topics include: 
● Soul wounds among combat trauma survivors: Experience, effects, and advice.
● A Network Analysis of Risk Factors for Suicide in Iraq/Afghanistan-era Veterans.
● Combat stress in a small-scale society suggests divergent evolutionary roots for posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms.

Staff Perspective: Why We Don’t Recommend Wearable Sleep Trackers for the Assessment and Treatment of Insomnia Disorder

Dr. Carin Lefkowitz

Recently I consulted on a case where a client with insomnia insisted on tracking her sleep with a wearable monitor (think Fitbit or Apple Watch).She soon realized that her sleep tracker was actually increasing her anxiety about sleep. She became more aware of every toss and turn during the night. Ultimately, the client decided to forego the tracker and use only a paper sleep log each night and morning. Her anxiety decreased overnight (pun intended) and she starting falling asleep faster and staying asleep longer.

Research Update: 8 April 2021

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The weekly Research Update contains the latest news, journal articles, useful links from around the web. Some of this week's topics include: 
● Brief behavioral treatment for insomnia: Treatment schedule and training feasibility in the military.
● Examining the development of PTSD symptoms in individuals who witness acute stress reaction on the battlefield.
● CBT and CFT for Chronic Pain.

Staff Perspective: Understanding Symptom Specific Effects of Cognitive Therapy and Behavior Therapy for Insomnia

Newer research is examining not just the overall effect of treatment strategies for insomnia, but how certain approaches may produce different symptom specific effects during the course of treatment. The purpose of this blog will be to review the theory, interventions, and research findings about how these treatment approaches may produce symptom specific effects during the course of insomnia treatment.

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