Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Insomnia part 5: Insomnia and Combat Stress, a course for those who treat Servicemembers

May is National Better Sleep Month
Related Insomnia blog posts in this series:

Short Courses: Learn Acu-tack to Treat Insomnia in Servicemembers

The protocol and techniques taught in the Acu-tack Courses treat insomnia by breaking the cycle of stress, pain, and insomnia. This protocol helps the body remember how to balance its ability to reset from fight or flight mode (sympathetic nervous system state) to rest and digest mode (parasympathetic state).

If you are a medic or corpsmen or other deploy-able medical personnel and interested in taking a course from De-Stress Vets, check out the website for information on "Acu-tack for Stress Relief©"and "Acu-tack for Pain Relief©" or contact me via the Hospital Practice Handbook Project website with "requesting info on Acutack courses" in the subject line.  [update March 2018]

How does Poor Sleep affect your Health?
If you are a servicemember on active duty, you know well the costs and benefits of sleep deprivation.  A certain amount is neccessary as a regular part of your duties.  However, it is not safe nor healthy if your sleep deprivation is chronic and interferes with your ability to do your job well and safely.  Poor sleep can lead to chronic sleep deprivation which may increase your risk of other physical and mental health such as:  pain, depression, anxiety, frustration, excess anger, and fatigue.

Chronic poor sleep decreases your resilience (resilience is your "bounce-back" factor). According to the Mayo Clinic (, chronic sleep deprivation:
  • is linked to a number of physical and mental health disorders and substance abuse
  • Ongoing lack of sleep increases your risk of
    • illness
    • infection
    • high blood pressure
    • heart disease
    • diabetes
    • chronic pain. (
What Are the Benefits of Good Quality Sleep?
Wake feeling rested and energized for whatever may lie ahead in your day.
Body is strengthened in its own ability to heal and restore itself.
Lower blood pressure; reduced stress.
Increased Resilience.
Able to better absorb and understand information throughout your day (vs. being sleep-deprived).
You are better able to react and respond appropriately to various factors throughout your day.
According to Mayo's website, good quality sleep:
  • improves performance [through]
    • quicker reaction time
    • better memory
    • less confusion
    • fewer accidents and mistakes (
The Navy’s “10 Top Tips for Tip Top Sleep”
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Improving Sleep, a successful alternative to prescription
medications for insomnia.
Harvard's Sleep, Learning, and Memory website

Acupuncture and Combat Stress, TBI, and Traumatic Stress
What is the Training Level of My Acupuncturist?
Acupuncturist talks about TCM diagnostic patterns of Insomnia

Navy’s Center for Combat and Operational Stress Control (COSC)
The Navy’s Stress Continuum
      related Stress Continuum blog post
The Navy’s Tips on Building Resilience
Resilience and Spirituality, a Navy article

The OASIS program--Overcoming Adversity and Stress Injury Support
The STRESS CONTINUUM by Navy Marine Corps Combat Operational Stress Control Program

Free Online and Phone Counseling for Stress
Online and phone counseling—free services through
Military OneSource or 1-800-342-9647 or online counseling site
The D-STRESS LINE or 1-877-476-7734
TriWest Online Free Counseling--see video
Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255
National Hotline 1-800-273-TALK
The Safe Hotline, Sexual Assault Support for the DoD community 1-877-995-5247 or 911

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