Sleep deprivation could be a powerful tool in preventing
individuals who have suffered a severe shock from developing post
traumatic shock disorder (PTSD), new research has shown.
Research conducted by Professor Hagit Cohen of the Anxiety and
Stress Research Unit at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in
Israel revealed 20 per cent of those exposed to a traumatic event
develop this condition and therefore highlighting methods to tackle
its advancement was a priority for the researchers.
"Since memory is a significant component in the development of
post-traumatic symptoms, we decided to examine the various effects
of sleep deprivation immediately after exposure to trauma,"
commented Professor Cohen.
The results of the sleep deprivation studies showed that over the
long-term people who are kept awake have weaker memories of the
trauma and therefore are more able to cope moving forward in their
The news follows the publication of findings from the Faculty of
Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey and
scientists from Erasmus MC University Medical Center Rotterdam that
highlighted the fact that failure to get a good night's sleep can
have the same physiological impact as high levels of stress.
Posted by Michael Ewing