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Sleep Problems, Insomnia, and PTSD



This section is for Researchers, Providers, & Helpers

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Continuing Education

This section brings together free in-depth Continuing Education resources for the Professional community concerned with trauma.

Sleep Problems, Insomnia, and PTSD

  • Date Created: 04/12/2012
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101

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Sleep Problems, Insomnia, and PTSD Author(s):

Bruce Capehart, MD, MBA

Jason DeViva, PhD


This course refers to information published in the 2010 VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for PTSD. Although a new course based upon the 2017 revision of the Guideline will be created in the future, this course remains on our website because it continues to provide relevant and useful facts about PTSD treatment.

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the VA/DoD 2010 clinical practice guideline recommendations for managing sleep problems and PTSD.

The presenters describe primary sleep disorders and comorbid conditions, as well as a general approach and evidence-based pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy interventions to treat these issues.

Goals and Objectives

  • Review the 2010 VA/DoD PTSD Clinical Practice Guideline recommendations for medical management of insomnia
  • Identify three comorbid conditions and three primary sleep disorders likely to affect sleep in Veterans with PTSD
  • Describe the evidence base for three pharmacotherapies and three psychotherapies in the treatment of sleep problems related to PTSD
  • Describe a general approach to assessing and treating sleep problems associated with PTSD
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