Falls Church, VA, Aug. 1, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In conjunction with the Center of Behavior and Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, VetAdvisor®, LLC today announced the findings and results of the VetAdvisor®/Johns Hopkins National Veteran Sleep Survey (VSS). The purpose of the VSS was to help researchers understand the causes of veteran sleep disorders, enhance overall understanding of these disorders, and determine the potential benefits of behavioral sleep coaching and consumer sleep monitoring devices in their treatment.
Nearly 3,000 volunteers completed the VSS, which was conducted online between December 2012 and March 2013. A majority of respondents reported moderate to severe sleep deprivation, with an average amount of nightly sleep of 5.6 hours. Even more alarming, 91% of the veterans surveyed reported often feeling tired, fatigued or sleepy during the day. A full findings report can be found at http://myvetadvisor.com/vetadvisorjohns-hopkins-national-veteran-sleep-survey-results/.
"Going into the VSS we suspected that sleep was an issue for veterans, and our findings provide a deeper dive into the causes of veteran sleep disorders," states VetAdvisor® CEO Dan Frank. "Fortunately, an overwhelmingly large percentage of participants indicated an interest in sleep coaching and in sharing data from sleep monitoring or tracking devices. We hope this data is instrumental in assisting in the development of veteran-centric sleep programs."
A sleep coach is a wellness advisor who is an expert in sleep issues and their impact on veterans and military personnel. Sleep coaches observe progress, determine evolving needs, and pro-actively send alerts and encouragement to help veterans overcome barriers to better sleep. Because sleep coaching is a non-stigmatizing way to identify and connect veterans with both integrative well-being programs and appropriate sleep-related medical care, the results of the VSS indicate the need for such veteran-centric programs, according to Frank.
For more information on the VSS and veteran-centric care, visit www.myvetadvisor.com.
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About VetAdvisor®: VetAdvisor® is the nation's expert in veteran-centric integrative care, providing proactive coaching services across behavioral health, wellness, financial, and all aspects of transition and career development. We also consult with corporate HR and management teams to teach organizations how to recruit, retain, and interface with military veterans and service members. For more information, visit www.myvetadvisor.com.
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