Research shows that veterans with PTSD have a higher risk of developing sleep apnea, for which they can file a VA claim of secondary service connection. There is also a direct correlation regarding the severity of the two conditions: the more severe a veteran’s PTSD is, the more severe their sleep apnea will be. This is due in part to the fact that many factors that can aggravate PTSD can also aggravate sleep apnea. For example, sleep deprivation, insomnia, hyperarousal, and daytime sleepiness all affect both PTSD and sleep apnea.
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