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By: AAST Editor on October 2nd, 2017

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Trauma Associated Sleep Disorder: A New Nightmare or Wrinkle on an Old Favorite?

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Can the emergence of a brand-new sleep disorder be a beautiful thing? In many ways, it can be inspiring, labor intensive, full of future possibilities … and usually quite messy!

In the Q3 issue of A2Zzz, Rui de Sousa, RPSGT reviews recent attention to peculiar sleep behaviors from some military veterans suffering from nightmares and dream enactment behaviors. Researchers have labeled this unique presentation as "trauma associated sleep disorder," or TSD. They define TSD as “dream-enactment behaviors relating to trauma-related nightmares." Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is not a REM Sleep Behavior Disorder, this article outlines the difference in these disorders and why more research is needed.

In this article, Sousa uncovers some peculiar sleep behaviors from military veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. These veterans usually (but not necessarily) suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and had the typical nightmares that are associated with it. What made it unusual was the emergence of dream enactment behaviors in some of these patients.

This article is one of four designated CEC articles in this issue of A2Zzz. AAST members who read A2Zzz and claim their credits online by the deadline can earn 2.00 AAST Continuing Education Credits (CECs) per issue – for up to 8.00 AAST CECs per year. AAST CECs are accepted by the American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM) and the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT).

To earn AAST CECs, carefully read the four designated CEC articles and claim your credits online. You must go online to claim your credits by the deadline of November 30, 2017. After the successful completion of this educational activity, a confirmation letter acknowledging that you have earned 2.00 AAST CECs will be sent to the email address that you have on file with the AAST.

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