Investigating the Relationship between Sleep Quality and Mental Health in Chemical Veterans in Comparison with Their Spouses and a Control Group

Author: Seyed Hamzeh Hosseini

We studied  the relationship between sleep quality and mental health of veterans in comparison with that of their spouses and a control group.

A considerable number of chemical veterans suffer from a range of physical and mental disorders which can potentially influence their sleep  Research has shown that mental health of chemical veterans is threatened by the incident and the stress caused by the individuals’ physical conditions .Despite the passage of so many years from the imposed Iran-Iraq War, one of the fundamental problems of veterans, especially chemical ones, is their post-war psychological problems and the damage to their mental health and social performance . As mentioned, one of the psychological problems in these patients is sleep disorder.

In s. h Hosseini’s research from Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Research Center, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran published in International Journal of Clinical Medicine, 2014, 5, 162-166 by Scientific Research Publishing. Our study reveals that 86.1% Iranian  of the chemical veterans  suffer from poor sleep quality, while only 13.9% of them  had good sleep quality Poor sleep quality was observed in 63% the veterans’ spouses. companions Poor sleep quality in chemical veterans compared to their spouses and close relatives could be due to mental health, rather than chemical effects and chronic lung disease.

According to the present study, the correlation between mental health and sleep quality inIranian veterans and their spouses was positive and strong, although their spouses did not have any history of lung diseases. Thus, it seems that the major predictor of sleep quality is mental health, including PTSD, other anxiety disorders and depression. It can be concluded that by appropriate treatment of the psychiatric disorders in veterans, sleep quality will likely improve. Therefore, treatment of mental health might be an important step to improve the sleep quality of veterans.


Journal: International Journal of Clinical Medicine
DOI: 10.4236/ijcm.2014.54028 (PDF)
Paper Id: 43306 (metadata)

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