Gosia Lipinksa at the [b]University of Cape Town’s Sleep Sciences[/b] lab is trying to tease out the relationship between the disordered sleep patterns often found in trauma victims, and their memory and emotional functioning, reports [s]Business Day[/s]. The sleep of the healthy volunteers will be compared with women who have been subjected to sexual abuse – 20 women with post-traumatic stress disorder, and another 20 women who are coping better. ‘Most patients with psychiatric disorders and people with post-traumatic stress disorder have some kind of emotional disturbance, memory difficulties and sleeping problems. My hypothesis is that this is not an accident, that these things all hang together,’ Lipinksa said.
[link url=http://www.bdlive.co.za/life/health/2014/07/23/aiming-to-understand-the-nature-and-science-of-sleep]Full Business Day report[/link]