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Trauma Sleep and Nightmares

A/Prof. Delwyn Bartlett

There are higher rates of insomnia, nightmares and sleep apnoea in individuals exposed to trauma, and animal models demonstrate that acute and chronic stress lead to disturbed sleep. Over 80% of patients with post-traumatic stress disorder report nightmares characterised by intrusive/re-experiencing symptoms and hyperarousal. The presence of nightmares following a traumatic experience predicts delayed onset of PTSD and even when PTSD resolves, PTSD associated nightmares can persist throughout life.

Recorded at the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS) 
10 August 2011, New South Wales, Australia.
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A/Prof. Delwyn Bartlett

Dr Delwyn Bartlett is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney and the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research. She has been working in the area of sleep and psychology for over 17 years. She developed a CBT insomnia group education programme at RPA Hospital and runs insomnia workshops which consists of 2 group educational sessions and 2 individual sessions. Dr Bartlett has a private practice at Hornsby Sleep Disorders Centres. More recently she has been working on an intervention to improve sleep in adolescents with insomnia; and a sleep research intervention to reduce post natal depression in new mothers. She has published a number of papers. She has and is on a number of sub committees in the Australasian Sleep Association with the long term goal of enabling good information about sleep to be available to the community.

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