Neuropsychiatric trauma associated with sleep disorders in Veterans

Takeaway

  • The prevalence of idiopathic rapid-eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder (RBD) and related parasomnias is higher in Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI), compared with Veterans without a history of neuropsychiatric trauma.

Why this matters

    RBD and neuropsychiatric trauma, such as TBI and PTSD, are both independently associated with subsequent neurodegeneration. In-depth characterization of idiopathic sleep disorder prevalence and their association with neuropsychiatric disorders in large cohorts could better inform diagnosis and treatment.