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Research Update: 5 April 2018

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This week's Research Update continues our April spotlight on sleep. Some of this week's topics include:
● Different polysomnographic patterns in military Veterans with obstructive sleep apnea in those with and without post-traumatic stress disorder.
● Comorbid insomnia symptoms predict lower 6-month adherence to CPAP in US Veterans with obstructive sleep apnea.
● Sleep Disturbance as a Predictor of Time to Drug and Alcohol Use Treatment in Primary Care.

Staff Perspective: Getting Trained in Sleep Disorder Assessment and Treatment

Timothy Rogers, Ph.D.

The lack of training pertaining to the assessment and treatment of sleep disorders is not uncommon amongst behavioral healthcare providers.  When I am conducting trainings for CDP, few attendees endorse receiving any formal training pertaining to the assessment and treatment of sleep disorders.   However, when asked about the patients that they work with, most attendees indicate the vast majority of their patients have sleep problems.  This critical knowledge gap between training and clinical needs of patients underscores the importance of training in the assessment and treatment of sleep disorders.  In particular, I want to highlight some key points I have taken from my training in this area and have found to be very helpful in my clinical practice, supervision and training.

Staff Perspective: The Best and Worst Things in Life Happen at Night

Bill Brim, Psy.D.

My great-grandfather once told me that “The best and worst things in life happen at night.”  I am sure that I had no idea what he was talking about at the time, but I clearly recall spending nights at my great-grandparents’ home in Jackson, Tennessee as a young boy and watching my great-grandfather pace the house at night and asking him why he always seemed to be awake.  My great-grandfather William Alfred Key enlisted in the U.S. Army underage to fight in the final months of World War I and in 1940 was commissioned as an engineering officer in the beginning of World War II.  He was later the State Commander of the Tennessee Veterans of Foreign Wars.  Papa was my first hero and I am pretty sure he never slept. 

Staff Perspective: The Protective Value of REM Sleep

Chris Adams

We all know the benefits of a good night’s sleep. Most of us feel better, physically and emotionally with some solid sleep the night before. A recent study suggests that rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep may be even more important than that. It may function as a protective factor, reducing fear-related activity in the brain. This reduction in fear may help prevent the development of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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