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Disturbed sleep affects mental health of disaster survivors

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New York: Sleep disturbances are associated with mental health problems among survivors of a natural disaster even two years after the tragedy, according to a study. The study involved 165 participants (52 per cent men) with an average age of about 31 years. Participants were living in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, one of the areas affected by the 2010 earthquake. The researchers surveyed survivors for two years after the earthquake and found that 94 per cent participant reported experiencing insomnia symptoms and subsequent risk after the disaster. Two years later, 42 per cent showed clinically significant levels of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and nearly 22 per cent had symptoms of depression. (IANS)

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