More veterans want help with sleep apnea, insomnia

Thursday, September 5, 2013

FORT HOOD, Texas – An increasing number of veterans are seeking treatment at the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center for sleep apnea and insomnia. The hospital opened a sleep lab in 2012 and has already tested 600 patients, Lt. Col. Karin Nicholson, sleep services chief, told the Fort Hood Herald. Obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia are the most common disorders, she said. The increased number of cases is likely due to awareness, according to the article. Last year, 24,800 veterans began receiving compensation for service-connected sleep apnea, bringing the total to 114,000, at a cost of more than $1.2 billion a year, according to Stars and Stripes, a military news source.