Patients with combat-related PTSD and obstructive sleep apnea had worse quality of life and sleep-related symptoms, according to Healio.

Patients with PTSD and obstructive sleep apnea also displayed a limited adherence and response to positive airway pressure therapy, according to the researchers.

“In our population, we found that either PTSD or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) were associated with worsened symptoms of sleepiness, fatigue and sleep-related quality of life (QoL) in comparison to normal subjects,” Christopher J. Lettieri, MD, a pulmonary and critical care medicine consultant to the U.S. Army Surgeon General, and colleagues wrote. “The presence of both OSA and PTSD lead to greater impairments than either condition alone.”

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