I don’t have to tell you that jet lag can impact the first few days of travel, regardless of whether you’re on vacation or a deployment, and even if you’re only traveling through a couple of different time zones. Many of our physical and cognitive functions are regulated by our circadian rhythm, including alertness, logical reasoning, and appetite (Kryger, Roth, & Dement, 2016). So symptoms associated with jet lag – grogginess, mood changes, fatigue – result from a systemic mismatch between our personal circadian rhythm and the local time. In general, it takes about one day to adjust to each hour of time change when traveling across time zones. However, a recent trip to Australia, which is (on average) 16 hours ahead of my Eastern US time zone, would take some serious adjustments ahead of time.
Deployment Psychology Blog
The percentage of "returned Army National Guard soldiers (N = 4,567 in 50 company-sized units)" who reported being unable to sleep, according to a recent article n the journal Military Psychology -- Relationships of deployment and combat experiences to postdeployment negative health conditions among Army National Guard soldiers.
Welcome to this week’s edition of CDP News! We like to use this space to review recent happenings in and around the Center for Deployment Psychology, while also looking ahead to upcoming events. We're just about done with April, but the next few months have plenty to talk about!
The weekly Research Update contains the latest news, journal articles, useful links from around the web. Some of this week's topics include:
● Clinician's Trauma Update Online (April 2019)
● Subtypes of Mental Health Stigma and Barriers to Care Among National Guard Personnel: Results of a Latent Class Analysis.
● Provider perspectives on choosing prolonged exposure of cognitive processing therapy for PTSD: A national investigation of VA residential treatment providers.
● Effectiveness and Acceptability of Cognitive Behavior Therapy Delivery Formats in Adults With Depression: A Network Meta-analysis.
Renowned sleep researcher, Dr. Anne Germain from the University of Pittsburg, reviewed her and others’ research at the 14th Annual Amygdala, Stress, and PTSD Conference on April 16th in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Germain’s talk, “Wake up to Sleep! A Translational Perspective of the Role of Sleep in Readiness and Resilience" was presented to over 300 clinicians, researchers and graduate students.