Veterans suffering from Gulf War Illness have long complained about sleep problems, including feeling unrefreshed even after long periods of sleep, fragmented sleep, chronic fatigue, and even sleep apneas and narcolepsy.
In September 2010, I wrote a short series of blog posts about Gulf War veterans' symptoms, including some of my personal experiences as an ill Gulf War veteran. One focused on sleep issues, and another on neurological symptoms and consequences and Gulf War neurotoxic exposures. And, an August 2010 study found that use of CPAP machine helped not only Gulf War veterans' sleep issues, but other GWI symptoms as well.
Now, a new study published this week, below, provides new evidence that insufficient sleep can result in even more serious health consequences even in otherwise healthy people.
A number of medical treatment and treatment target development studies funded by the treatment-focused Gulf War Illness Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) have had GWI sleep issues as their focus. Two are currently seeking study participants, including one at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and another at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
The UW-Madison study, "Homeostatic and Circadian Abnormalities in Sleep and Arousal in Gulf War Syndrome," is led by Dr. Timothy Juergens, who specializes in sleep medicine for veterans. (GW093035) Information about how to participate will be forthcoming here on 91outcomes.
The Utah study, led by Dr. Yoshio Nakamura, is entitled, "Investigating Clinical Benefits of a Novel Sleep-Focused, Mind-Body Program on Gulf War Illness Symptoms: An Exploratory Randomized Controlled Trial." (GW100068) This study is actively seeking ill Gulf War veteran participants.
Another pending CDMRP study is focused on metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome, a group of risk factors that can lead to diabetes and other serious health outcomes, and which has now been linked in the newly published sleep study (below) to inadequate sleep. It's not yet recruiting.
More information about many ongoing medical studies specifically focused on Gulf War Illness can be found at ClinicalTrials.gov.
Source: CNN's Health.com