A study found that spouses of military service members experience significant sleep problems, which can impact their health and psychosocial functioning.

Results show that 44% of spouses reported sleeping 6 hours or less per night. Approximately 54% of the sample endorsed daytime impairment due to sleep problems, and 62% reported experiencing daytime fatigue at least 1-2 times per week. Spouses of currently or previously deployed service members endorsed poorer sleep quality and more fatigue than spouses of service members who had never deployed.

“These results are important because we know very little about sleep problems among military spouses. Promoting sleep health may be an important strategy for enhancing military families’ adjustment in the post-deployment period,” says principal investigator Wendy Troxel, PhD, senior behavioral and social scientist at the RAND Corporation, in a release. “This is particularly relevant given that the past 14 years of protracted overseas combat have exacted an unprecedented toll on U.S. service members and their families.”

The research abstract was published recently in an online supplement of the journal Sleep and will be presented Sunday, June 12, in Denver at SLEEP 2016, the 30th Anniversary Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC (APSS).

The study group comprised 1,480 female spouses of military service members who completed self-report instruments related to sleep, physical health, marital satisfaction, and depression. Information regarding service member military characteristics (eg, branch of service, deployment history) was also available.

The study was supported by RAND National Defense Research Institute; Office of the Surgeon General, U.S. Army, and the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

Abstract Title: Examining the Prevalence and Correlates of Sleep Problems Among Military Spouses
Abstract ID: 1015
Presentation Date: Sunday, June 12
Presentation Type: Poster
Presentation Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM